press trust of india
New Delhi, 14 November
British Prime Minister David Cameron today said he is is open to meeting Gujarat’s Chief Minister Narendra Modi, noting the UK has already started a “proper engagement” with the state and it should continue.
Mr Cameron, who is in India on a short visit during which he met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his Race Course residence here, said it will be “good” to meet Modi and that he will do so in time while his government goes ahead with steps to engage with him and his government.
Seeking broadening of bilateral ties, Mr Cameron also said UK and India should be “partners of choice” as both the countries can effectively deal with various challenges like combating terrorism by working closely with each other.
“We have started a proper engagement with Gujarat already and with the First (Chief) Minister there. Our Foreign Office Minister has met with him… The connection is there, the engagement is there. I think the engagement should continue,” he said at an interaction with Indian businessmen here.
Asked if he would like to meet Modi in the near future, Mr Cameron said, “In time, yes. It’s good to meet. We have an approach of meeting all politicians and leaders. In the end, it will be for the people of India whom to elect. But I’m open to meeting elected leaders.”
There has been a shift in the position of Western leaders on him during the past one year.