Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with his British counterpart Theresa May at 10 Downing Street in London. The two leaders discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interest, including cross-border terrorism, visas and immigration.
A warm welcome and a fire-side discussion! PM @narendramodi welcomed by @theresa_may @10DowningStreet. The two leaders had wide-ranging talks on redefining and infusing new energy into our bilateral engagement post-Brexit. pic.twitter.com/mj1a4addM3
— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) April 18, 2018
Both leaders agreed to infuse new energy into bilateral ties, even as PM Modi asserted that there won’t be any dilution in the importance of the UK to India after Brexit.
India and UK agreed that terrorist and extremist organisations need to be denied space to radicalise, recruit and conduct attacks on innocent people. “For this, all countries need to work together to disrupt terrorist networks, their financing and movement of terrorists,” the MEA statement said.
The leaders also vowed to strengthen cooperation to take decisive actions against globally-proscribed terrorists and terror entities to protect citizens, including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Haqqani Network, Al Qaeda, ISIS and their affiliates, the statement added.
Modi landed in Britain from Stockholm overnight for bilateral engagements as well as multilateral discussions as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
After his meeting with the British PM, PM Modi visited the Science Museum in London to explore the ‘5000 Years of Science and Innovation’ exhibition. The event, hosted by Prince Charles, will include the launch of a new Ayurvedic Centre of Excellence, aimed at creating a first-of-its-kind global network for evidence-based research on yoga and Ayurveda.
He paid floral tributes at the bust of Basaveshwara statue on the banks of the river Thames, which he had inaugurated during his last visit to the UK in 2015.
A meeting with the business forums and town hall event for the Indian diaspora – Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath – from he iconic Central Hall Westminster in London was also part of PM Modi’s schedule.
(With inputs from agencies)