Kolkata, Nov 14 IBNS | 2 years ago

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said her meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron here was 'cordial, positive and fruitful'.

She said Cameron has invited her to visit London.

"We are deeply honoured for the visit of the British Prime Minister to Kolkata today. I had the opportunity to meet him for the first time. The City of Kolkata was initially built by the British. Their architectural creations are still livid in the City's landscape. He invited me to visit his country and I am indeed very happy," Banerjee said in a Facebook post.

"There is significant scope for collaboration with the British Government in the fields of education, culture, tourism, skill development, manufacturing industries, river-front development and so on," she said.

Calling Cameron 'vibrant', the CM said: "I found the British Prime Minister very vibrant. Our discussions were very cordial, positive and fruitful. I am very happy about it."

"Mr. Greg Baker, Minister of State and Mr. James Bevan, British High Commissioner were present. Also present were Dr. Amit Mitra, Finance Minister and our Chief Secretary," Banerjee said.

Cameron on Thursday met Banerjee for 30 minutes at the British Deputy High Commission here.

Earlier at a function Cameron said Britain would like to invest in the infrastructure projects in the city.

On a whirlwind tour of India, which included Kolkata after his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi, Cameron interacted with the students of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta at Joka and then met Banerjee in the evening.

Mamata Banerjee, who had wanted to make Kolkata like London, also gifted the British PM with clothes, her painting, handicraft and sweets, said reports.

Cameron is flying to Colombo from Kolkata to attend the Commonwealth meeting.

(Posted on 15-11-2013)