Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit to UK. The Prime Minister will attend Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) summit, according to Indian Express report. This will be his second visit to London. PM Modi had gone there for a bilateral visit in November 2015. The visit will commence on April 19 and it will be two-day tour which will end on April 20. The first day will be the structured summit meeting, the second day, all the leaders will go to the Windsor Castle for a retreat. “I am hoping Prime Minister Modi will be attending…. About 50 out of 52 member states will be attending at the head of government level, that will be the highest of all time,” the Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Summit, Tim Hitchens said after meeting the government officials.
The summit will focus on “India’s leading role” in the Commonwealth, since India is pivotal partner in the grouping. It has been learnt that the CHOGM will also discuss facilitating trade among Commonwealth countries. The intra-Commonwealth trade is to the tune of US $ 800 billion, and Hitchens said the target is to take it US $ 1 trillion. The summit will be preceded by a host of meetings between officials and ministers, beginning from April 16, and will conclude with the leaders’ summit.
In November 2015, PM Modi had gone to UK for his maiden visit to the country. He had held talks with top British leadership including former PM David Cameron.
PM Modi had paid tributes at the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament Square which was followed by speeches at the Houses of Parliament and then at the Guildhall in the financial hub of London. PM Modi had also attended a CEOs round-table in London.
“My visit to UK is the first Prime Ministerial visit in almost a decade. I have had the opportunity to meet Prime Minister David Cameron at various international forums and our meetings have been productive. Prime Minister Cameron is a good friend of Indias, and we in India have had the privilege of welcoming him thrice during his first term as Prime Minister,” Modi had written in a Facebook post ahead of the visit in 2015.