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Visit of Raksha Rajya Mantri to the UK

The RakshaRajyaMantriDr.SubhashRamraoBhamre held a bilateral meeting with his UK counterpart Mrs Harriett Baldwin MP, Minister, Defence Procurement at the UK Ministry of Defence on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.  The meeting was held in a very cordial atmosphere. A wide range of issues covering the entire spectrum of defence cooperation between India and the UK were discussed at the meeting including Indo-UK collaboration in joint research, development and production which has tremendous potential for growth.  Dr.Bhamre reiterated India’s resolve in enhancing its defence capability and improving its defence industrial base, aiming towards becoming self-sufficient.  He invited greater British participation in the ‘Make in India’ programme, a flagship initiative of the Prime Minister of India.

Dr.Bhamrealso drew attention to the challenges being faced by both countries due to increased terrorist activities globally as well as cross border terrorism being faced by India. He emphasised that terrorism is a global phenomenon and a clear message must go to countries supporting terrorism. There could be no differentiation between good and bad terrorism.  The UK Minister acknowledged India’s stand on terrorism and expressed UK’s resolve to cooperate in the field of counter terrorism.

India has tremendous experience in UN Peacekeeping operations worldwide and the UK side expressed its desire to learn from the Indian experience.  Dr.Bhamre assured his UK counterpart of further strengthening Indo-UK cooperation in UN Peacekeeping operations.

During Dr.Bhamre’svisit, he also interacted with Mr Alok Sharma MP, Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific in UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and discussed a wide range of bilateral issues. 
Dr.Bhamre will be attending the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference on September 8, 2016 in London.

This visit is further expected to strengthen the ties between two countries after the recent meeting of Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India with his UK counterpart Mrs. Theresa May.

Sep 7, 2016
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