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PM Modi begins UK visit today

Report9 : Marking his maiden visit to ‘Albion’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is prepared to arrive in London on Thursday for negotiations with his British counterpart David Cameron. The talks are likely to result in three separate outcome documents.

Indian and British government officials here said they are likely to announce three separate outcome documents — on development partnership, defence and security, and energy and climate change. There may also be a vision statement on overall bilateral relations, sources said.

Concurrently, no less than three protests have been planned outside 10, Downing Street.

Modi’s calendar for Thursday includes talks at 10, Downing Street followed by an address to the British Parliament and then heading to ‘Chequers’, Cameron’s country residence. The Indian Prime Minister will address the CEOs’ Forum, have lunch with Queen Elizabeth II, and address the Indian community at Wembley Stadium on Friday. And on Saturday, he will inaugurate B R Ambedkar’s memorial, before leaving for the G-20 summit in Turkey.

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The protests planned are on a range of issues — from Modi’s role in the Gujarat riots, Sikh community’s grievances and filmmaker Leslee Udwin on censorship.

“It is time for India to reciprocate Cameron’s impressive outreach to New Delhi. Ever since he came to office five years ago, he has made a serious effort to upgrade India-UK ties. In fact, in his first term, India was at the top of the list of emerging powers which his government decided to court.

And they did make a serious effort, only to be snubbed by the then UPA govt. It is one of the reasons why, in Cameron’s second term, China has got pride of place. Remember, in his first term he met the Dalai Lama, leading to strong reaction from Beijing.

So now is the time for Modi to reciprocate Cameron’s investment in India,” Harsh V Pant, Professor of International Relations in the Department of Defence Studies, King’s College, London,


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