Vajpayee, Blair to sign New Delhi Declaration

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his British counterpart Tony Blair will sign a New Delhi Declaration on Sunday to further bolster the strategic partnership between the two countries and are expected to hold talks on Indo-Pak ties post-December 13 attack on Parliament.

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his British counterpart Tony Blair will sign a New Delhi Declaration on Sunday to further bolster the strategic partnership between the two countries and are expected to hold talks on Indo-Pak ties post-December 13 attack on Parliament.
The declaration will be on the lines of a vision statement to guide Indo-British relations in the 21st century, an external affairs ministry official said.

Ways to combat international terrorism, the current tension between New Delhi and Islamabad and issues of key interest are likely to figure in the talks Vajpayee has with Blair, who arrives on a two-day visit to the capital on January six, the first by a British Premier in nine years.

The British leader would also meet President K R Narayanan and external affairs minister Jaswant Singh. The Prime Minister would hold a banquet in Blair`s honour on Sunday after the talks.

Special significance is being accorded to the visit of Blair, who had had made a 24-hour halt in New Delhi in October last and met Vajpayee to seek India`s support to the US-led war against terrorism in Afghanistan. Former premier John Major had visited India in 1993.

Blair is scheduled to leave for Islamabad from New Delhi.

Bureau Report

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