London: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to meet with his British counterpart Theresa May at Downing Street on Wednesday for a bilateral ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on Thursday and Friday. They are expected to discuss a wide range of issues of mutual interest, including separatism, cross-border terrorism, visas and immigration.
U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who received PM. Modi at the Heathrow Airport late on Tuesday night, said tech collaboration, trade, and health care would be discussed by the two leaders. Mr. Modi’s is one of several bilaterals taking place in the United Kingdom ahead of CHOGM and comes less than three years after he last visited England, and after Ms. May’s trip to India last year.
“We have a living bridge growing between us, trade growing by 15% a year, the economic advantages and of course massive ties of culture and kinship and all the rest of it and now we want to build on that by working on that incredible tech sector where both India and the UK are making giant strides together,” said Mr. Johnson.
After his meeting with the British PM, he arrives at the Science Museum in London to explore the ‘5000 Years of Science and Innovation’ exhibition and interact with Indian-origin and other scientists and innovators based in the UK. The event, hosted by Prince Charles, will include the launch of a new Ayurvedic Centre of Excellence, aimed at creating a first-of-its-kind global network for evidence-based research on yoga and Ayurveda.
A brief stop to garland the Basaveshwara statue on the banks of the river Thames, which Modi had inaugurated during his last visit to the UK in 2015, will be followed by his second meeting with Theresa May at an event hosted by the British prime minister at the Francis Crick Institute.
Following an interaction with Indian-origin scientists working on cancer research, malaria and other tropical diseases, both leaders will initiate the India-UK CEOs Forum. An India-UK Tech Alliance is also expected to be among the announcements during the day.