Modi and May talk terrorism and trade on Day 1

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Countering Terrorism remained top on agenda between India PM Narendra Modi and Britain leader Theresa May in London on Wednesday.

The leaders agreed to take decisive and collaborative actions against terrorism in all its forms.

Both leaders attested their commitment to crack down on radicalization. They re-affirmed their intent to co-operate with the other in neutralizing terror outfits and their machinations.

During the discussion over breakfast at 10 Downing Street, the leaders also talked about the India-UK relations in the post Brexit era. The Indian PM assured May that Britain will be equally important to India as it is now.

In fact, Brexit offered opportunities to increase trade ties between the two countries, Modi reportedly told May during the meeting.

Presently the India-UK bilateral trade stands at $13 billion, with the UK among the largest G20 investors in the country.

Further, the two heads of government too discussed their shared priorities in the Indo-Pacific and committed to working more closely together to make sure it remained free and open.

He also raised the subject of fugitive business person Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India while discussing economic offenders.

PM Modi is in the UK for a four-day visit of bilateral engagements as well as multilateral discussions as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Modi is then scheduled for a private audience with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace before the ‘Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath’ diaspora event, to be telecast live from the iconic Central Hall Westminster in London today.

At the end of it, he will join Heads of Government from 52 other Commonwealth countries at a dinner hosted by the British Prime Minister.

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