Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, Theresa May has reaffirmed strong ties with India over a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
PM Modi had called May on Tuesday, July 26, to congratulate her on assuming her new role as Britain’s Prime Minister following David Cameron’s resignation after the country’s pro-Brexit ruling, thus becoming the second female Prime Minister of the UK after Margaret Thatcher. After Britain’s decision to leave the EU received majority votes, the Indian High Commission in London, being concerned about the possible outcomeof the decision, had called a meeting with the representatives of Indian businesses in the UK. Assuming her new role as the Prime Minister, May said that her government aims to forge a positive role for theUK in the global field as it leaves the EU.
On Tuesday, May has reportedly affirmed that she intends to work closely with India and develop bilateral ties in order to confront multifarious global issues. According to official sources, the conversation between May and Modi revolved centrally around trade and investment issues with both affirming the shared values and interests of the two countries which would help in forging powerful bonds.“The Prime Minister (May) also emphasised the UK’s continued commitment to our defence and security partnership and support for India’s increasing role in international forums. Finally, both welcomed the valuable contribution of the Indian diaspora to the UK”, thesource added.There are over 1.5 million people of Indian-origin in Britain, including a large number of students.
Britain has been having a tumultuous time after Brexit and several questions about the country’s future were raised that had to do with issues like foreign trading, corruption and worker’s rights in the country. However, India has confirmed that it will continue toimprove relationships with both the UK and the EU.