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Brown invites India to join ‘global deal'

Addressing the Labour Friends of India, British PM says it will not simply be a partnership for India and Britain rather it will benefit the whole world. Vijay Dutt reports.

world Updated: Apr 23, 2008 23:05 IST
Vijay Dutt

India must be a part of a “global new deal”, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said in an address to the Labour Friends of India on Tuesday. “We need a global New Deal between rich and poor countries that can release millions of people from poverty, ensure every child goes to school and eradicate preventable and avoidable diseases from the world.”

“And just think what we can achieve — India and Britain working together. I know there are voices in India that I know want to do this. Let the Friends of India send out a message: this partnership is stronger than ever. It will strengthen in the years to come. It will not simply be a partnership for India and Britain. It will be partnership that will benefit the whole world,” Brown said.

This partnership, he stressed, would seek to end poverty, illiteracy and disease “at a critical point in the global economy” by harnessing the economic, scientific and technological prowess of the two nations.

“I believe, the Security Council without India cannot be a Security Council reflecting the reality of the day and as regards G8, we need India in this as it is one of the fastest growing economies… a G8 that discusses the world economy without involving India cannot be a G8 that is discussing all the details of what needs to be done in the world economy,” Brown reiterated.