Bangalore: On his maiden visit to India
since taking over as the British Prime Minister, David Cameron
today backed New Delhi`s bid for a seat in the UN Security
"India matters to the world because it is not only a
rising power, it is a responsible global power," he said.
Cameron said Britain welcomes India`s significant support
to Afghanistan and `vital` efforts in Nepal and Bhutan.
India is also a leading provider of peacekeeping troops
to the UN, he said.
"And as I saw for myself at the G20, your Prime Minister
has personally provided great intellectual leadership in
economic matters," he said during his visit to the Infosys
"That is why the time has come for India to take the seat
it deserves in the UN Security Council," Cameron said.
Cameron is accompanied by a delegation comprising his
cabinet colleagues, CEOs of leading business houses,
Vice-Chancellors of reputed universities, other dignitaries
and senior officials.
Cameron said it made sense for both Britain and India
to elevate their relationship to new heights.
"But this is not just about Britain and India. This is a
relationship that can benefit the world," he said.
He said there were three major global challenges "that we
have a duty to meet together challenges that should shape
our relationship"---economic, security and climate change.
"By forging business links together, by tackling threats
to our security together and by taking on the challenge of
climate change together we can raise our relationship to new
heights," he added.