Prime Minister Narendra Modi left on Thursday left for a three-day visit to Britain that will see India and Britain sign a number of pacts on mutual investments and defence cooperation.
“My visit is aimed at strengthening cooperation with a traditional friend that is not only a major economic partner of India but also one of the leading economic players of the world,” Modi said in a series of pre-departure Facebook posts.
“India and UK are two vibrant democracies, which are proud of their diversity and multicultural societies,” he stated.
Modi’s visit to Britain is the first bilateral visit by an Indian prime minister in nine years after Manmohan Singh’s visit in 2006. Singh visited Britain in 2009 to attend the G-20 summit.
On 14 November, Modi will leave for Turkey to attend the annual G-20 summit.