Seeking to strengthen Indo-UK economic ties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday left for Britain to begin his first visit to the country where he will hold bilateral talks with his British counterpart David Cameron, meet with industry leaders, have lunch with the Queen and also address the Indian community at Wembley Stadium.
“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,” PM Modi had written in a Facebook post ahead of the visit.
“Leaving for UK. I am hopeful this visit will strengthen economic ties between India and UK & bring more investment to India.#makeinindia, “PM Modi said on micro-blogging site twitter before starting his three-day visit.
On his arrival in London, PM Modi will be welcomed with a Guard of Honour and after that he will hold talks with Mr Cameron. Both prime ministers will also address a joint press conference.
A brief stop to pay tributes at the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament Square will be followed by speeches at the Houses of Parliament and then at the Guildhall in the financial hub of London.
PM Modi will also address the British Parliament before arriving at Chequers, the country home of Mr Cameron. The two are expected to have a joint yoga session there.
On Friday, PM 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.
These events have become a staple of his foreign visits since his spectacular outing at New York’s Madison Square Garden last year.
He will leave 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.