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British PM arrives in India on key visit

Updated Nov 07, 2016 09:04am


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New Delhi: Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May walks towards her car after her arrival at the airport on Sunday.—Reuters
New Delhi: Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May walks towards her car after her arrival at the airport on Sunday.—Reuters

NEW DELHI: Britain’s prime minister arrived in India late on Sunday on her first bilateral visit outside the European Union since taking office, as she looks for a post-Brexit trade deal with the world’s fastest-growing major economy.

Theresa May landed in smog-covered New Delhi, which is battling with one of its worst pollution spells in recent years.

She will set the tone for the visit when she addresses business leaders, followed by discussions with her counterpart Narendra Modi, in the capital on Monday.

The two sides are expected to discuss key issues including closer economic and defence sector ties, terrorism, visa regimes and technology.

On Tuesday, May is scheduled to travel to India’s southern tech hub of Bangalore, where she will meet state leaders, visit an industrial area and meet a business delegation before flying back to London.

Published in Dawn, November 7th, 2016


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Comments (14) Closed

Salim Khan Nov 07, 2016 09:08am

With fastest growing economy for the last two years and Chinese economy in decline, India has become the hope of the world. That is why every country is trying to woo Indians. In the next 20 years India will become the 2nd largest economy of the world.

M. Emad Nov 07, 2016 10:03am

British PM not visiting Pakistan.

Iqbal Bhai Nov 07, 2016 10:29am

"She will set the tone for the visit "... She has already set the tone by visiting a highly polluted capital.

Jeyaa Nov 07, 2016 10:45am

Indian Government should move all industries to outside of the metropolitan and major cities in India to avoid such kind of sudden pollution. Deewali crackers also a setback.

Dr Riffat Jabeen Nov 07, 2016 10:49am

Our PM should try to come out of his dis-comfort zone and see what is happening around. See where the international politics is going. At least he is responsible for this country also, as well as being worried only about his family.

Akhlaq Nov 07, 2016 12:02pm

@Iqbal Bhai Mate first check if pollution levels are good in other major capitals like beijing. Also British PM is not interested in visiting ur country as it is useless

kamal Pasha Nov 07, 2016 12:21pm

On the very first day she refused to change the British visa policy for Indians. Now they will have to earn £ 30,000 per year to stay in UK after completing their studies.

point of view Nov 07, 2016 12:38pm

I guess, the new US President will have his/her first foreign visit to India.

Honest Nov 07, 2016 12:56pm

@kamal Pasha. It is for all Nationalities..

kamal Pasha Nov 07, 2016 01:37pm

@Honest, It is purely for nationality. Who wants to retun to India after completing education there.

ozzy Nov 07, 2016 04:05pm

@Akhlaq so why us your country having might.ares over a "useless" country like ours. With regard to cpec etc. Surely that would make your country "pathetic". Wouldnt you agree?

joe Nov 07, 2016 04:23pm

@kamal Pasha come see latest industries set up by them in Hydrabad and Bangalore.

sindhi Nov 07, 2016 05:15pm

Plz save our country

IBM Nov 07, 2016 10:25pm

The President of the United States is visiting Pakistan 1st after the inauguration in January than Pakistan would have done MORE and there will be a new ARMY Chief or Ruler ! CPEC would have half finished and all Pakistan is are happy again.