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'Gordon Brown to visit India in the very near future'

The UK PM will visit India in the very near future, says India's acting High Commissioner to Britain Asoke Mukherji.

world Updated: Sep 28, 2007 01:39 IST
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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will visit India in the very near future, India's acting High Commissioner to Britain Asoke Mukherji said.

"Today, we stand together on various fronts, whether it is in the realms of financial and legal services, countering terrorism, climate change, in international political and economic relations, and we intend on making such closeness to be the building block for the most successful visit by a British Prime Minister to India, which will take place in the very near future," he said at a function.

The function was organised on the fringe of the Labour Party's annual Conference at Bournemouth.

Referring to the growing India-UK relations, Mukherji said in the 60th year of India's independence, New Delhi's relationship with London was one of closeness.

"I believe that the independence of India has in fact not resulted in us drifting apart but has brought an intensity of even greater interaction," he said.

The reception, organised by the Labour Friends of India, was attended by 200 prominent British government ministers, Labour Parliamentarians from Westminster, Scotland, Wales, London, Councilors from across Britain and business leaders.

LFIN Chairman, Stephen Pound, MP, said "this is the 8th year of LFIN and our largest and most prestigious gathering yet shows that the link between India and the Labour Party is stronger than ever and promise that India would always have a voice in Westminster while LFIN flourishes".

First Published: Sep 28, 2007 01:33 IST