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Cameron puts himself in-charge of building ties with India

world Updated: Jun 26, 2010 16:49 IST

Ahead of his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, British Premier David Cameron has put himself in-charge of building relations with India while giving the charge of handling ties with China to his deputy Nick Clegg.

Cameron, who heads the Conservative-Liberal Democrats coalition government, will meet Singh on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Canada to take forward his administration's commitment made in the Queen's Speech to 'work to establish a new special relationship with India.'

The Tories consider India as crucial and the Government is preparing a series of trade missions.

This will be the first meeting between the two leaders, since Cameron took over as the British Prime Minister last month.

Like the previous Labour Government, the new coalition government is also keen to build a special relationship with India.

During the meeting, the two leaders are likely to discuss bilateral issues and the situation in the region.

According to The Times, daily, the Prime Minister let it be known that he was giving his deputy the foreign policy role in the run-up to his own first meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the G8 summit.

Clegg will work with William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, to oversee London's links with Beijing.

Clegg is also likely to represent the Prime Minister at a UN development conference in September.

The decision to give him a firm role in foreign policy - the Lib Dem leader speaks five languages and has represented the Government in several European capitals - reflects how closely the pair work, the report said.

Cameron has also made clear that he will retain the levers of power when he is abroad and on holiday, and will not place Clegg in charge.

Such a move was not necessary "in this day and age of technology," he said.