PM congratulates Cameron; invites him to visit India

Last Updated: Wed, May 12, 2010 14:26 hrs
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday congratulated David Cameron, the new British Premier and invited the Conservative leader to visit India.

Singh, during a 10-minute telephone call, extended his warm greetings to Cameron on assumption of office and discussed a number of issues, including the world economy.

He also wrote a letter to Cameron recalling his September 2006 visit to India and invited him to make an official visit at his convenience.

"Please, accept my heartiest felicitations and congratulations on your assumption of the office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

"The elections in the United Kingdom and your stewardship of the Conservative Party reflect the best traditions of parliamentary democracy. I wish you the very best in your leadership in the years ahead," Singh said in the letter.

He noted that over the years, Indo-British relations have diversified into a vibrant and multi-faceted strategic partnership encompassing almost all areas of human endeavour.

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"We are today well placed to build upon this strong edifice not just for the welfare and benefit of our two peoples, but also to work together to address the pressing global challenges that we face today, and to harness the growing inter-dependence among nations for the good of humankind.

"I look forward to working with you to further advance and strengthen our bonds of friendship, to which India attaches the highest importance," Singh said.

"It gives me great pleasure to extend a most cordial invitation to you to visit India at your convenience," the Prime Minister said.

At 43 years, Cameron is one of Britain's youngest prime ministers in nearly two centuries.

The Conservative leader led his party to the top spot as Britain voted in a hung Parliament. Cameron was sworn in as Prime Minister after the Conservatives sealed a deal with Nick Clegg's Liberal Democrats, which ranked third.

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