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President Pratibha Patil to visit UK in October

india Updated: Aug 10, 2009 11:29 IST
President Pratibha Patil to visit UK in October

President Pratibha Patil will undertake a three-day visit to Britain beginning on October 27, the first state visit by any Indian Head of the State in nearly two decades.

Acting Indian High Commissioner to the UK Asoke Mukerji said Patil will visit Britain from October 27 to 29 at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth. During her visit, the President will stay at the Windsor Castle.

"After a long time, a state visit will take place in the last week of October," Mukerji said, while speaking at a function organised by the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan to celebrate India's Independence Day.

Mukerji noted that this would be the third State Visit by an Indian President to the UK. Late Presidents S Radhakrishnan and R Venkataraman visited the UK in 1963 and 1990 respectively.

The Acting High Commissioner also noted that India has become the second largest investor in the UK, next only to the US.

"India has become a beacon of hope in the region," he said and praised the Indian Community in the UK for their contributions.

Describing the Indian community in UK as unique, he said it has not only prospered but helped the UK-India relations to take deep root.