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Cameron offers prayers at Golden Temple

Posted on Feb 20, 04:57PM | IANS

Amritsar, Feb 20 : British Prime Minister David Cameron Wednesday offered prayers at the holiest of Sikh shrines, Harmandar Sahib, popularly known as the Golden Temple, in this Punjab town.

Cameron's visit, amid tight security, is clearly aimed at wooing the Sikhs and Punjabis settled in Britain.

Dressed in a dark blue suit, his head covered with a navy blue cloth, Cameron was given a saffron scarf by the shrine priests which was put around his neck and shoulders.

Cameron, accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, keenly listened to the 'gurbani'. He was briefed about the shrine by officials.

As he went around the shrine, Cameron could be seen greeting people with folded hands and smiling occasionally.

Cameron is the highest democratically elected leader from Britain to visit the Sikh shrine. British monarch Queen Elizabeth visited Amritsar in October 1997.

Britain is home to nearly 1.5 million Indians, most of Punjab origin.