British PM Cameron to arrive in India today

Mumbai, Feb 18 (ANI): British Prime Minister David Cameron will begin a three-day official visit to India from today during which he will hold delegation level talks with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.

Accompanied by a high-level business delegation, Cameron will arrive in Mumbai, where his programmes include a visit to Hindustan Unilever headquarters, a business interaction at Taj Palace Hotel, a visit to St Xavier School and laying a wreath at the Police Memorial.

Cameron will hold delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on February 19 at the Hyderabad House here. He will call on President Pranab Mukherjee on the same day.

The British Prime Minister last visited India in July 2010.

India's multi-faceted bilateral relationship with the UK intensified with its upgradation to a Strategic Partnership in 2004. UK continues to be among India's major trade partners.

The two-way merchandize trade during 2011-12 rose to USD 16.157 billion, up 27 percent from USD 12.56 billion in 2010-11. UK cumulative equity investments in India are USD 17.08 billion (October 2012).

About 700 Indian companies have operations in UK with over 70 of them listed on the London Stock Exchange.

UK supports India's permanent membership at the United Nations Security Council and is an important interlocutor for India in the EU, G8, G20 and the global context. (ANI)

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