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UK-India to deepen bilateral ties

India and the UK will seek to deepen bilateral ties during a crucial five-day visit of Jeremy Browne, British Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.



London: India and the UK will seek to deepen
bilateral ties during a crucial five-day visit of Jeremy
Browne, the British Minister of State for Foreign Affairs from Monday.

Browne, who will be on his second trip to India since
assuming office in May 2010, will discuss current bilateral
and international priorities during his visit to New Delhi.

Browne will also open the Joint India-UK Conference on
CBRN Disaster Management and Security in the Indian capital.

This conference will bring together leading Indian and
British experts from industry and government.

Browne is scheduled to meet ministers at the Ministry of
External Affairs to discuss current bilateral and
international priorities, a Foreign Office release today said.

Before leaving for India, Browne said 2012 "is an
important year for the UK-India relationship."

He will visit Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad from
Monday to deepen engagement in the areas such as education,
research and energy.

"The Queen?s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics
offer a once-in-a-generation chance to promote the UK as one
of the best places to visit, live, work, study, invest and do
business," he underlined.

Browne will meet the chief ministers of Tamil Nadu and
Andhra Pradesh, besides leading figures from business and the
media during his visit to the two South Indian states, the
release said.

The minister said he was delighted to return to India and
visit "three of the great cities of the South - all locations
where the UK will be investing more effort and attention in
coming years."

He said it shows the importance the UK attributes to
"these dynamic growth regions".

In Bangalore, Browne will visit Infosys, while in Chennai
he will deliver a speech titled "The UK-India Economic
Partnership" at an event hosted by the Madras Chamber of
Commerce and Industry.

In Hyderabad he will deliver a speech titled "Politics
and Governance: The UK Experience" at the Administrative Staff
College of India, the release said.

PTI

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