New Delhi, November 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left for his maiden visit to the United Kingdom, with strengthening of Indo-UK economic ties, on the top of his agenda. The three day trip of the PM- which is the first by an Indian PM in more than a decade- will pack a hectic schedule for him and will begin with a meeting with his British counterpart David Cameron. “Leaving for UK. I am hopeful this visit will strengthen economic ties between India and UK & bring more investment to India. #makeinindia,” he tweeted before leaving.
As soon as he arrives in London this afternoon, he will hold bilateral talks with Cameron at 10 Downing Street, and then address a joint press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). He will then make a brief stop to pay his tributes at the Mahatama Gandhi statue in Parliament Square and then head to make speeches at the Houses of Parliament and then at the Guildhall, in the financial hub of the city. Modi will be hosted overnight at Cameron’s country residence at Buckinghamshire, where he will continue his talks with him. Also Read: Narendra Modi UK visit: Complete schedule of PM’s upcoming trip to Britain
On Friday, Modi returns London for a CEOs round-table which is likely to include representatives from major British companies like Rolls-Royce and Vodafone. The pomp and ceremony attached to the visit is expected to include a special tricolour flypast by the Red Arrows Royal Air Force (RAF) Aerobatic Team over Buckingham Palace before the Prime Minister sits down for lunch with Queen Elizabeth II on Friday afternoon before making his way to Wembley Stadium in north London for the mega Diaspora reception.
He leaves for Ankara 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. 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.
“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,” Modi had written in a Facebook post ahead of the visit.