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'Brown keen on strong India links'

india Updated: Jun 26, 2007 12:55 IST

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Gordon Brown, who will become the 52nd Prime Minister of Great Britain when he takes over the reign at 10, Downing Street from Tony Blair tomorrow, is keen to develop "strong relations with India".

The 56-year-old son of a Church of Scotland preacher has given broad indications that he will be heading a "new government with new priorities" and not just a continuation of the Blair years.

Brown, who visited New Delhi in January this year as Chancellor, is very keen to develop "strong relations with India", his close friend and confidant Lord Swraj Paul said.

"He (Gordon Brown) strongly believes that the two countries have a great deal to offer each other and there is much more potential to do more," Lord Paul said.

In his short visit to India earlier this year, he came back even more convinced. I am sure he will try to visit India in the very near future, he said.

Giving Brown's priorities, Lord Paul said, "Brown is a man of determination who thinks he has a great deal of work to do in two fields - to bring back Labour party to its original state and to raise the whole credibility of the country, especially in the developing world.

"His sense of fairness is what he is thinking people should believe about that of Britain and he wants to make Britain's policy which is worthy of that trust."

Describing him as the author of the new Labour, Lord Paul said the party had already achieved a great deal and Brown has made his priority to achieve the "unfinished tasks" during his prime ministership.

Brown is keen that the country must be competitive and that it will only come through better and more education to live in a globalised world.