New Delhi : With an objective of strengthening bilateral ties between the two nations of India and United Kingdom, Prime Minister Narendra Modi set off to Britain on what can be said as his first ever visit to the country where he is scheduled to meet leaders and NRIs with an open heart and ‘Make in India’ mindset.
PM Modi’s three-day tour to UK is centered around hectic schedules which will begin with leader talks between PM Modi and his British counterpart David Cameron. PM tweeted before his departure to UK – Leaving for UK. I am hopeful this visit will strengthen economic ties between India and UK & bring more investment to India. #makeinindia.
After reaching London this afternoon, PM Modi would begin talks with Cameron at 10 Downing Street. It would be followed with a joint press conference, addressed by both leaders at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), highlighting the salient issues of their the bilateral talks. Next on the agenda would be a brief halt at the Parliament Square, where the Indian PM would pay his tributes at the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament Square. This event would be followed by PM Modi’s address to the legislators at the Houses of Parliament. Then, PM Modi would reach out with his words at his address at Guildhall in the financial hub of London.
PM Modi is expected to later join Cameron and have talks with him while on his visit to British Prime Minister’s country residence of Chequers in Buckinghamshire, where he is being hosted overnight. On Friday, Modi would return to London for round-table with CEOs, a discussion which is likely to be joined by representatives from major British companies like Rolls-Royce and Vodafone.
The traditional extravaganza in PM Modi’s welcome to UK is expected to include a special tricolor flypast by the Red Arrows Royal Air Force (RAF) Aerobatic Team over Buckingham Palace before the Prime Minister would seat himself for lunch with Queen Elizabeth II on Friday afternoon. This major event would be followed by the much-awaited mega event of ‘Modi’s interaction with UK’s Indian diaspora’ at Wembley Stadium in north London for which 60,000 tickets have been already sold out and large screen outside the stadium would likely host a few thousand more.
The UK visit would finally move ahead o Ankara, where PM Modi is scheduled to attend the G20 summit on Saturday after inaugurating a new statue of 12th century philosopher Basaveshwara as well as a new Ambedkar memorial in London – the house where Bhimrao Ambedkar lived during his London days. A visit to the Tata Motors’ owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) factory in Solihull, in the West Midlands region of England, will be the last item on his UK agenda.
PM Modi posted in Facebook ahead of his UK visit — My visit to UK is the first Prime Ministerial visit in almost a decade. I have had the opportunity to meet Prime Minister David Cameron at various international forums and our meetings have been productive. Prime Minister Cameron is a good friend of India’s, and we in India have had the privilege of welcoming him thrice during his first term as Prime Minister.