Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi visited the United Kingdom on the backdrop of his party’s defeat in the Bihar Assembly elections. This was Modi’s first ever visit to the United Kingdom after becoming Prime Minister.
During his visit, Modi and Cameron issued a joint statement outlining a range of agreements between the two countries, specifically on the issue of climate change.
Modi also addressed the British parliament. He, thus, became the first Indian Prime Minister to do so.
British PM David Cameron’s statement of support for India’s permanent membership at the UN Security Council received a great deal of attention.
In line with previous Indian governments, Modi too emphasized India’s aspirations for a permanent seat at the UNSC.
Recently, on the sidelines of the 70th UN General Assembly, Modi had led a meeting of the G4 — a geopolitical grouping comprising UNSC permanent seat aspirants, including Brazil, Germany, India, and Japan.
The headlining deal of Modi’s state visit was an agreement on increasing bilateral cooperation on civil nuclear cooperation. This agreement was made in order to finalize the 2010 bilateral agreement between India and Britain.
The two prime ministers welcomed the successful conclusion of negotiations on a bilateral Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement providing a framework for further cooperation.
Cameron and Modi discussed a range of regional and global issues. They expressed their “shared commitment and support” for a “stable, secure and successful future for a sovereign, democratic and united Afghanistan.”
They “stressed the need for inclusive political settlements in Syria and Iraq.” Additionally, Modi and Cameron “reiterated their call for Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of the November 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai to justice.”
The Modi-Cameron joint statement also discusses the need for an inclusive constitution in Nepal, international support for the Iran nuclear deal, and “full implementation of the Minsk measures by all parties” with regard to the Ukraine crisis.
Reports ahead of Modi’s visit suggested that he was looking to close a deal for the purchase of 20 Hawk Mk132 training aircraft from the U.K.’s BAE Systems.
India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited had signed a memorandum of understanding with BAE in May on upgrades for India’s existing Hawk Mk132 systems.