India-UK ties set to get boost with Modi’s visit to Britain

Thursday, Oct 8, 2015,16:12 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

London | Preparations are in full swing for the proposed maiden visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Britain next month. His visit is expected to open a new chapter of relations between the two nations.

Interacting with representatives of regional language newspapers from India at the Commonwealth Office, a source from the British foreign ministry said Mr Modi’s visit is considered significant in Britain. He said both the countries share good relations in several areas but there was always a scope to expand, stabilise these relations.
The Prime Minister’s schedule is yet to be decided but it is expected that he will visit Britain from
November 11 to 13 and celebrate Diwali in London. Sources said that the Prime Minister would be accorded a grand welcome. Mr Modi will hold bilateral and delegation-level discussions with his British counterpart David Cameron besides addressing a massive gathering at the famous Wembley Stadium.
The stadium has seating accommodation for 60,000 people, but it is expected that more than 70,000 people will witness Mr Modi’s speech for which arrangements have already been started.
Britain may cooperate with India in several areas. To make Mr Modi’s ambitious projects like Make in India, Digital India, Clean India and Smart City a success, India may take advantage of Britain’s skill and experience, they said. Britain has good experience in Smart City, and India can take advantage of this. Altogether 99 cities have been selected for the Smart City project, of which three will be provided assistance by Britain, he added.


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