Theresa May arrives on a three-day visit

To inaugurate India-U.K. Tech Summit on Monday

November 07, 2016 07:51 am | Updated December 04, 2021 10:50 pm IST - New Delhi

British Prime Minister Theresa May. File photo.

British Prime Minister Theresa May. File photo.

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in India on Sunday, with an agenda to enhance Indo-U.K. ties in the key areas of trade, investment, defence and security.

On her first bilateral trip outside Europe since taking office in July in the aftermath of Britain voting to exit the European Union, Ms. May will hold talks with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Monday. She will also inaugurate the India-U.K. Tech Summit.

She had described India as the U.K.’s “most important and closest” friend and a leading power in the world. “We will be promoting the best of Britain, sending out the message that we are open for business, and making the most of the opportunities offered by Brexit as the world’s foremost champion of free trade.”

“I will be using this visit to reaffirm the importance of the strategic partnership we already have, which delivers huge benefits for both our countries, and to work with Prime Minister Modi to agree concrete steps to realise our shared vision of going even further in our cooperation across trade, investment, defence and security,” she added.

Ms. May, who is accompanied by senior British Ministers and a big trade delegation, will also travel to Bengluru on Tuesday. She will attend some business events and meet Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

“She will deliver on her ambitious vision for Britain after Brexit, forging a new global role for the U.K. beyond the continent of Europe. She will also deliver on her pledge for an economy that works for all, by introducing new and emerging enterprises, as well as more established players, to the key Indian market,” an official statement in London said.

According to the statement, a number of commercial deals are expected to be signed during the visit, creating and securing jobs at home and demonstrating market confidence in the strength of the British economy.

She will meet Mr. Modi on Monday to discuss bilateral strategic partnership, building on the deep links and existing cooperation. She will inaugurate the India-U.K. Tech Summit, South Asia’s largest technology conference.

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