Strength of UK-India relationship underlined as Modi prepares to travel to London

Strength of UK-India relationship underlined as Modi prepares to travel to London

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi is set to arrive in Britain next week for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

The visit will be his second to the UK in less than three years and, according to supporters, highlights the strength of the relationship between the two countries.

During his time in the capital, Mr Modi is expected to meet the Queen, and his British counterpart Theresa May.

According to a report by The Times of India, sources have confirmed he’s scheduled to attend a private meeting at 10 Downing Street on April 18, ahead of an audience with the Queen later that afternoon.

During the evening, Mr Modi is due to take part in a televised Q&A event in central London, during which he’ll accept questions from a studio audience.

Last week, Britain’s Department for International Trade India hailed the significance of Mr Modi’s latest visit, tweeting: “Narendra Modi’s second visit to the UK in less than three years is due to take place in April.

“This is a sign of a strong partnership between #UKIndia and highlights the level of commitment both countries have shown towards each other.”

Leaders from all 53 Commonwealth member countries will gather in London and Windsor between April 16 and 20. The summit’s theme is ‘Towards a Common Future’ and the week’s events are aimed at helping to strengthen the bonds between member countries and ensure the organisation remains responsive to global challenges.

The Queen will host a reception at Buckingham Palace, along with a Leaders’ Retreat day at Windsor Castle during which attendees will meet to set the course for future Commonwealth co-operation.

Speaking on Commonwealth Day last month, the Queen spoke of next week’s meeting and highlighted the important role the organisation plays in helping to create a future that’s “fairer, more secure, more prosperous, and sustainable”.

She said: “We all have reason to give thanks for the numerous ways in which our lives are enriched when we learn from others. Through exchanging ideas, and seeing life from other perspectives, we grow in understanding and work more collaboratively towards a common future.”

Main image: UK prime minister Theresa May and India’s prime minister Narendra Modi. ©Press Information Bureau, Government of India.

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