Confident Indo-UK relations will further deepen under your leadership – PM Modi to British PM Cameron

London: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in London for a three day visit.

Shortly after a humiliating defeat for his party in Bihar, Modi will be looking to change the narrative with a successful tour. There are reports that deals worth 8-12 billion pounds ($12-18 billion) could be signed during his visit to London.

The emotional high point of the visit is likely to be a mass rally at Wembley Stadium on Friday during which Modi will address some 60,000 supporters from the Indian diaspora in Britain, which numbers 1.5 million. British PM will accompany him in the rally.

However, protests were also being planned by various groups opposed to PM Modi and his party. More than 200 writers, including well-known authors such as Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan and Nikita Lalwani, have signed an open letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to raise concerns about freedom of expression in India when he meets Modi on Thursday.

After meeting and holding a joint news conference with Cameron, Modi will then address the British parliament, before heading to the Guildhall, a historic building in the heart of the City of London financial district, where he will give a speech to a business audience.

With agency inputs

India-UK delegation level talks begin at 10 Downing Street, London

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PM Modi at the delegation level meet said to UK PM David Cameron, “I’m confident that Indo-UK relationship will further deepen under your leadership. I hope ties between both our nations will be productive, beneficial for each other, the world and humanity.”

PM Narendra Modi to be accorded Guard of Honor at Treasury Quadrangle, Kings Charles Street, shortly.

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India-UK delegation level talks begin at 10 Downing Street

PM Modi arrives at St. James’ Court in London, meets supporters gathered outside

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PM Modi interacts with UK PM David Cameron at Kings Charles Street (London)

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PM being accorded the Guard of Honor at Treasury Quadrangle, Kings Charles Street

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PM Cameron arrives at Kings Charles Street for ceremonial reception for Modi

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PM Narendra Modi being accorded Guard of Honor at Treasury Quadrangle, Kings Charles Street

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PM Narendra Modi being accorded Guard of Honor at Treasury Quadrangle, Kings Charles Street

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Much to his supporters’ surprise and joy, PM Modi met them at St James Court

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PM Modi met supporters gathered outside St James Court

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