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British PM David Cameron to visit India

Posted on Feb 16, 03:35PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 16 : British Prime Minister David Cameron will be paying an official visit to India on Feb 18-20, said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Saturday.

"His Excellency, Mr. David Cameron, Prime Minister (PM) of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, will be paying an official visit to India on February 18-20, 2013, with 19 February 2013 as the main day of engagement in New Delhi. He will also be visiting Mumbai," said the MEA in a statement.

Cameron would be accompanied by a delegation including CEOs of leading business houses, Vice Chancellors of reputed universities, dignitaries and senior officials.

In New Delhi, Cameron will hold delegation level talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Feb 19 at Hyderabad House.

On the same day he will call on the President.

Cameron will visit Mumbai on Feb 18.

"In Mumbai, PM Cameron's programme includes visits to Hindustan Unilever headquarters, a Business Interaction at Taj Palace Hotel, a visit to St. Xavier School, and laying a wreath at the Police Memorial, amongst other engagements," said the MEA.

"PM Cameron accompanied by a large official business delegation last visited India in July 2010. India's multi-faceted bilateral relationship with the UK intensified with its upgradation to a Strategic Partnership in 2004. UK continues to be among India's major trade partners," the ministry said.

"The two-way merchandize trade during 2011-12 rose to US$ 16.157 billion, up 27% from US$ 12.56 billion in 2010-11. UK cumulative equity investments in India are US$ 17.08 billion (October 2012). About 700 Indian companies have operations in UK with over 70 of them listed on the London Stock Exchange," it said.

"UK supports India's permanent membership at the United Nations Security Council and is an important interlocutor for India in the EU, G8, G20 and the global context," the ministry said.