UK PM wants `new special relation` with India

UK PM David Cameron, favours a "new special relationship" with India and supports its UNSC bid.

Updated: May 12, 2010, 18:23 PM IST

London,: Conservative leader David Cameron,
the youngest British Prime Minister in almost 200 years,
favours a "new special relationship" with India and supports
its bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.

43-year-old Cameron, whose party bagged the maximum 306
seats in the May 6 polls, took over as the new Prime Minister
last night after incumbent Gordon Brown tendered his
resignation to Queen Elizabeth.

India was the first country Cameron visited after taking
over as the Conservative leader in 2006.
He has promised to forge a "new special relationship"
with India and support New Delhi`s bid for a permanent seat in
the United Nations Security council.

His party`s manifesto says that the Conservatives will
"work to establish a new special relationship with India, the
world`s largest democracy."

It also commits the party to "work towards greater
stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan".

Cameron wrote in an article after visiting New Delhi:
"India is the world`s largest democracy, a rapidly growing
economy, a huge potential trading partner, a diverse society
with a strong culture of pluralism, and a key regional player
- a force for stability in a troubled part of the world."

He added: "So this is India`s time. For most of the past
half century we in the West have assumed that we set the pace
and we set the global agenda. Well now we must wake up to a
new reality. We have to share global leadership with India,
and with China.

"And we must recognise that India has established beyond
argument, through its economic and political success, its
right to a seat at the top table. India, one of the great
civilisations of the world, is truly great again."
At 43, Cameron is the youngest Prime Minister since Lord
Liverpool in 1812. Liverpool had assumed office at the age of
42.

PTI