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PRITI: A Bright Future Awaits India, UK

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We are two outward-looking nations shaping a global future; the world’s oldest democracy working hand in hand with the world’s largest democracy…writes Priti Patel, the UK International Development Secretary. An exclusive for Asian Lite News

Priti PatelIndia is the world’s rising star. India has secured its place as one of the world’s most remarkable and resilient countries. It is driven by the spirit of its people and the power of its global vision which is why India is shaping today’s world.

The UK is excited to be partner of India’s continued development and its dynamism. Prime Minister Modi’s historic visit to the UK last year marked a new era in the UK-India relationship. We are two outward-looking nations shaping a global future; the world’s oldest democracy working hand in hand with the world’s largest democracy.  We should continue our work together to seize the wealth of opportunities that our partnership brings and that will deliver a prosperous future for us both.

Cover of Asian Lite Special Edition to mark Indian Independence Day
Cover of Asian Lite Special Edition to mark Indian Independence Day

That’s why last week I travelled to India, one of my first visits as the UK’s International Development Secretary, with the message that together through economic development and our people-to-people ties, we will turn Prime Minister Modi’s ambitious vision into reality.

On India’s Independence Day, I want to celebrate the achievements of the Indian diaspora community in the UK who are at the cornerstone of helping the Britain and India partnership to flourish. For me, it’s the ties between our people, the invisible glue that bind us together, that makes this relationship so special. And that’s why I will continue to champion the UK’s Indian diaspora and the UK’s relationship with India.

Today is a good day to take stock of how far India has come. A bright future awaits and our two great nations must continue to stand shoulder to shoulder, working together to build prosperity, security and stability.

I wish all Indians a Happy Independence Day.

British Secretary of State for International Development Priti Patel with Prime Minister Narendra Modi
British Secretary of State for International Development Priti Patel with Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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