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Prince Charles reaches India, to hold talks with PM Narendra Modi

Prince Charles will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discuss a wide range of issues, including that of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

india Updated: Nov 08, 2017 18:15 IST
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Prince Charles and his wife Camilla plant a tree to commemorate the British Council's 70-year presence in India as they attend a celebration of the UK-India Year of Culture hosted at the British Council in New Delhi on Wednesday.(PTI)

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, accompanied by his wife Camilla Parker-Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall, arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday on a two-day visit to India at the final leg of their 10-day four-nation tour that also took them to Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei.

“Their Royal Highnesses Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive,” the British High Commission in India tweeted.

Britain's Prince Charles exchanges greetings as he attends the UK-India Year of Culture celebrations hosted at the British Council in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI)

The Prince is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday evening and discuss a wide range of issues, including that of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which will take place in April 2018 in the UK.

Ahead of the royal couple’s arrival, external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said climate change, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), economic cooperation, and other bilateral issues would also come up for discussion.

Bilateral trade between India and Britain stands at $12.19 billion. India is the third largest investor in Britain and the second largest international job creator in that country.

Britain is the third largest inward investor in India, with a cumulative equity investment of $24.37 billion for the period April 2000-June 2017

The Indian diaspora in UK is one of the largest ethnic minority communities in the country, with the 2011 census recording approximately 1.5 million people of Indian origin equating to almost 1.8 percent of the population and contributing 6 per cent of the country’s GDP.

This will be Prince Charles’s ninth visit to India. He had earlier visited India in 1975, 1980, 1991, 1992, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2013.

First Published: Nov 08, 2017 18:15 IST