New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
today congratulated David Cameron, the new British Premier and
invited the Conservative leader to visit India.
Singh, during a 10-minute telephone call, extended his
warm greetings to Cameron on assumption of office and
discussed a number of issues, including the world economy.
He also wrote a letter to Cameron recalling his September
2006 visit to India and invited him to make an official visit
at his convenience.
"Please, accept my heartiest felicitations and
congratulations on your assumption of the office of the Prime
Minister of the United Kingdom.
"The elections in the United Kingdom and your stewardship
of the Conservative Party reflect the best traditions of
parliamentary democracy. I wish you the very best in your
leadership in the years ahead," Singh said in the letter.
He noted that over the years, Indo-British relations have
diversified into a vibrant and multi-faceted strategic
partnership encompassing almost all areas of human endeavour.
"We are today well placed to build upon this strong
edifice not just for the welfare and benefit of our two
peoples, but also to work together to address the pressing
global challenges that we face today, and to harness the
growing inter-dependence among nations for the good of
"I look forward to working with you to further advance
and strengthen our bonds of friendship, to which India
attaches the highest importance," Singh said.
"It gives me great pleasure to extend a most cordial
invitation to you to visit India at your convenience," the
Prime Minister said.
At 43 years, Cameron is one of Britain`s youngest prime
ministers in nearly two centuries.
The Conservative leader led his party to the top spot as
Britain voted in a hung Parliament. Cameron was sworn in as
Prime Minister after the Conservatives sealed a deal with Nick
Clegg`s Liberal Democrats, which ranked third.