UK can become a major partner in ‘Make In India’: PM Modi

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Washington D.C., Apr. 2 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited his British counterpart David Cameron to play a larger role in the ‘Make In India’ project and asserted that the United Kingdom could become a major partner in the initiative, particularly in the defence sector.

Briefing the media on the bilateral meeting between both leaders on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit here, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that Prime Minister Modi fondly remembered his visit to the UK, where the event at Wembley became part of history and added that ties since this visit had become deeper and richer.

“Prime Minister Modi said that the possibilities are increasing, especially on the economic sides and how we can encash those, depends on us. In this context, both the leaders reviewed the decisions taken during his visit to the UK, in particular the decision to launch the rupee bonds at the London stock exchange,” Swarup said.

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Stressing on the need to increase partnership between both nations in defence, Prime Minister Modi said that high tech defence production had now been opened to Foreign Direct Investment and with India having skill, power and cheap labour, the United Kingdom could become an important partner in the Make In India initiative, particularly in the defence sector.

Both Prime Ministers then discussed some of the other pending issues, especially stepping up cooperation in anti-terrorism.

“The Prime Minister also raised the issues of tier two visit of ICT (information and communications technology) companies and said that said the skilled professional should not find any difficulty in working in the UK and in the context, the recommendation made by the migration advisory committee could cast a negative light and we need to find a solution,” Swarup said.

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In response, Prime Minister Cameron promised to take a look into the matter, saying he does not want to disadvantage bonafide IT companies but at the same time also wants to ensure that the UK system is not misused.

Earlier, Prime Minister Modi held bilateral talks with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on issues of mutual benefit.

“Mr. Trudeau acknowledged that yes Canada has strong energy sector and he wanted to work with India in the ways which were less harmful to the environment and, he said Canada will be very happy cooperate with India in both coal gasification as well as underground mining, “Swarup said.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi continued his trend of taking a hard stand on terrorism in the international arena and asserted that there could be no deterrence against nuclear terrorism without prevention and prosecution of acts of terrorism.

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Intervening on nuclear terrorism threat at the Nuclear Security Summit dinner at the White House hosted by US President Barack Obama, the Prime Minister called to focus on three contemporary features of terrorism.

“First, today’s terrorism uses extreme violence as theatre. Second, we are no longer looking for a man in a cave, but we are hunting for a terrorist in a city with a computer or a smart phone. Third, State actors working with nuclear traffickers and terrorists present the greatest risk,” he said.

Following his visit to Washington D.C., the Prime Minister will depart for Saudi Arabia tonight for the final leg of his three-nation tour where he aims to revive India’s strategic partnership with the oil-rich nation, particularly in areas of counter-terrorism, energy and trade.

He is also expected to hold bilateral talks with King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud on issues including ways to step up existing counter-terrorism mechanisms. (ANI)

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