UK foreign minister William Hague holds bilateral talks with Sushma Swaraj

In the past four years, there have been approximately 50 ministerial visits from the UK

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Shreerupa Mitra-Jha | July 8, 2014



The external affairs minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj met Britain’s secretary of state for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs William Hague on Tuesday to discuss bilateral issues.

Hague arrived in India along with chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne on Monday.

The EAM thanked the UK government for installing a statue of Mahatma Gandhi on Parliament Street.

The UK has expressed interest in investing in the Bangalore-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (BMIC). “The EAM hopes that the UK gets involved in infrastructure-related opportunities of the project," said official spokesperson Syed Akbarruddin.

Akbaruddin said the UK is the third largest investor in India and India is the fifth largest investor in the UK. Approximately, 500 Indian companies employing 7,000 Indians operate from there. Apart from that, security-related concerns such as counter terrorism, cyber security and issues related to the 1.5 million strong Indian diaspora were also discussed.

Iraq, Afghanistan, P5+1 and United Nations Security Council (UNSC) membership were also discussed in the meeting. The EAM will visit UK in October for the Pravasi Bharati Diwas.

Hague also has expressed interest in bilateral talks during the visit.

In the past four years, there have been approximately 50 ministerial visits from the UK.
 

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