After Sweden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at 10 Downing Street for a breakfast meeting with his British counterpart Theresa May.
The two leaders held wide range of issues of mutual interest including cross-border terrorism, visas and immigration.
“Very welcome to London, Prime Minister,” May said as she greeted Modi, who arrived in a Tata Motors’ Range Rover.
Sources informed that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the return of illegal immigrants, which had expired in 2014, will be officially renewed.
A “flash mob” of sari-clad women from Indian Ladies in UK, accompanied by dhols, had gathered outside Downing Street to welcome the Indian Prime Minister.
Modi had landed in Britain from Stockholm overnight for bilateral engagements as well as multilateral discussions as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
He was received at the airport by UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson.
Johnson noted with excitement that India-UK bilateral trade is growing at 15 per cent a year.
Modi is set for a packed day of official engagements today.
After his meeting with the British PM, he arrives at the Science Museum in London to explore the ‘5000 Years of Science and Innovation’ exhibition and interact with Indian-origin and other scientists and innovators based in the UK.
The event, hosted by Prince Charles, will include the launch of a new Ayurvedic Centre of Excellence.
Modi is scheduled for a private audience with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace before the Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath diaspora event, to be telecast live from the iconic Central Hall Westminster in London.>
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