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Cameron asks Modi to help EU-India free-trade agreement get going again
Nov 19, 2014

British prime minister David Cameron has asked Narendra Modi to help "the EU-India free-trade agreement get going again" and "for structural reform in India to help open up her economy and lead to higher growth rates".

Cameron met Indian prime minister Modi on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Brisbane last Friday and said that relations with New Delhi are a top foreign policy priority for the UK.

Modi also met an EU delegation who conveyed that the 28-nation bloc is keen to "re-engage" with India on trade.

This was Cameron's first meeting with Modi after the latter became PM. Cameron later tweeted that "relations with India are at the top of the priorities of UK's foreign policy".

Cameron said on Tuesday: "I had a very good meeting with Prime Minister Modi, who got the conference off to a good start by agreeing to lift India's block to the Bali trade facilitation agreement, which is vital to helping drive global growth. On the British-India relationship, Britain is, I think, the second-largest inward investor in India. It is right that more could be done on trade. We discussed the need for the EU-India free-trade agreement to get going again and for structural reform in India to help open up her economy and lead to higher growth rates, and I am clear that Prime Minister Modi is a man with a clear vision for doing economically for his country what he succeeded in doing for Gujarat."

Cameron was responding to a question by Indian-origin MP Keith Vaz MP after the meeting of the two leaders.

Cameron said "Your's is a very inspiring vision, UK wants to partner in any way we can."

UK has already invited Modi to visit UK - and is expected to take place in early 2015.

    

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