British PM Theresa May arrives in India
British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Delhi on Sunday evening on a three-day India visit. This is her first bilateral engagement outside Europe since taking office in July.
May, who arrived in New Delhi late Sunday night, is scheduled to attend the India-UK Technology Summit and also meet Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday.
“Both PMs will have a number of issues to discuss and clearly PM Modi will want to know the impact Brexit may have on India. These are early days but I can tell you that this indicates that Britain wants to forge a stronger, fruitful and prosperous relationship than ever with India”, said Shailesh Vara, Conservative MP in the UK told NDTV.
Before leaving London, she described India as the UK’s “most important and closest” friend and a leading power in the world, adding “We will be promoting the best of Britain, sending out the message that we are open for business, and making the most of the opportunities offered by Brexit as the world’s foremost champion of free trade”.
“I will be using this visit to reaffirm the importance of the strategic partnership we already have, which delivers huge benefits for both our countries, and to work with Prime Minister Modi to agree concrete steps to realise our shared vision of going even further in our cooperation across trade, investment, defence and security,” she added.
However, she rejected calls to relax Indian visa rules ahead of a key meeting with the country’s Prime Minister this morning.