British PM Cameron arrives on three-day India visit{Update:Cameron)

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 18, 2013 06:40 hrs

British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Mumbai on Monday on a three-day India visit.

Cameron landed here at around 8.30 a.m. and was received at the airport by Minister of Protocol Suresh Shetty and senior Maharashtra Government officials.

He is accompanied by a high-level business delegation which includes CEO of top British Corporates, Vice-Chancellors of reputed universities and senior Government officials, among others.

In Mumbai, Cameron's programmes include visit to Hindustan Unilever headquarters, a luncheon meeting with business leaders, a visit to St Xavier's School and laying a wreath at the Police Memorial.

Cameron will leave for New Delhi in the evening. He 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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