UK Supports India’s bid to UNSC; Civil Nuclear Pact Signed

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London:  Britain supports India’s bid to permanent membership of UNSC, India and United Kingdom enter into six agreements worth 9.2 billion pounds; Both countries sign a civil nuclear deal.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the signing of the civil nuclear accord with the UK after his one-on-one talks with his British counterpart David Cameron at 10 Downing Street , followed by delegation-level talks between the two sides. Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to cement ties in the defence manufacturing sector.

Addressing a joint press conference with his British PM, Prime Minister said that conclusion of the civil nuclear agreement is a symbol of mutual trust and resolve between the two countries to combat climate change.

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Following the bilateral talks, India and UK announced signing of six pacts worth over 9 billion pounds. They also decided to collaborate in the field of defence and cyber security besides launching a railway rupee bond.

In a 20-minute address to UK’s top industry leaders at London’s Guildhall, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a big push for Investment, listing out the measures taken to address the long pending concerns of investors including taxation and his government’s efforts to bring in reforms. PM Modi talked about his intentions of making India a global manufacturing hub.

On its part, London firmly supported India’s candidature for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council. UK Prime Minister David Cameron spoke of the his country’s desire to invest in India. Cameron also announced that Britain will help develop the cities of Amravati, Indore and Pune as smart cities.

Earlier, Prime Minister Modi, who flew into the British capital on his three-day visit, was accorded a guard of honour by the 48-member F Company Scots guard accompanied by the regimental band of Irish guards. He also paid homage at the statue of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi at Parliament Square . A special tricolour flypast by the Red Arrows Royal Air Force (RAF) Aerobatic Team also took place over Buckingham Palace in honour of Prime Minister Modi.