British PM Gordon Brown to visit India on 21 January

British PM Gordon Brown to visit India on 21 January

London: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will visit India in January for the first time after having assumed the top post earlier this year to participate in the fourth India-UK Summit.

“Later this month we will have the India-EU Summit in Delhi and on 21 January we will have the India-UK Summit when Prime Minister Gordon Brown will visit us," Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma, who is here as part of the ongoing high-level dialogue between the two countries, said.

The British Prime Minister, who took over from Tony Blair on 27 June, himself made a reference to his forthcoming visit to India when he spoke at the Diwali celebrations organized in the House of Commons by leading NRI MP Keith Vaz, former minister, and the Hindu Forum of Britain last evening.

Brown said he would like to take with him the message of “success of British Indian community" to India and share it with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “who is a good friend."

Praising India, Brown said during his discussions with Prime Minister Singh he would emphasize the need for educating every child and eradicating the scourge of Tuberculosis and Malaria.

“We have very close relations with India since time immemorial," he said.

Sharma said that he had a wide-ranging discussions with Lord Mark Malloch Brown, Minister of State for Africa, Asia and UN, about relations between India and the UK and “the strategic partnership that we have with the European Union."

During the discussions, the Minister said steps required to be taken to further deepen and diversify bilateral engagement in various fields, including trade and commerce came up.