India on Tuesday voiced its "very serious concerns" over the bribery allegations in the AgustaWestland VVIP choppers deal during talks between British Prime Minister David Cameron and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here as Britain assured it would act on any request for information.
Both countries also agreed to launch negotiations on a civil nuclear agreement and cooperate in energy security and boost trade as Cameron and Manmohan Singh held wide-ranging talks on a wide gamut of regional and global issues, including Afghanistan.
Cameron and Manmohan Singh held talks in the morning after which the two released a joint statement outlining their areas of cooperation, including a MoU on health.
Cameron said his country would respond to any request for information on the AgustaWestland issue. He said the Italian authorities were looking into the issue in detail as Finmeccanica, the parent company of AgustaWestland, is Rome-based.
He asserted that Britain has tough anti-bribery laws and any one found guilty of corruption would be punished.
Manmohan Singhy conveyed India's "very serious concerns regarding allegations about unethical means" used in securing the $750 million contract for AgustaWestland helicopters.
Manmohan Singh thanked Cameron for Britain's support for India's full membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group and other multilateral export control regimes. "We have also decided to commence negotiations on a bilateral Civil Nuclear Agreement," he said.
Cameron also "committed the UK to make available to India cutting edge British technology, civil and military, that the Britain currently shares with its top international partners, in accordance with international obligations".
Both agreed to work together to achieve India's ambitions to join the major export control regimes (Nuclear Suppliers Group, Missile Technology Control Group; Australia Group; Wassenaar Arrangement).
The India-EU Free Trade Agreement also figured in talks, with both sides underlining their strong commitment to its successful outcome.
Cameron emphasized that their bilateral relations has "all the potential of growth" in the decades ahead.
Cameron also said he was "excited to examine" business prospects around the Bangalore-Mumbai industrial corridor. On Monday, he had made a pitch to help build the 1,000-km Mumbai-Bangalore industrial corridor generating investment projects worth up to $25 billion.
Image: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and British Prime Minister David Cameron shake hands before a meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday.