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Britain's PM May to visit India in first trade mission after taking office

May will hold talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during her visit. Photograph: (AFP)

Reuters London, United Kingdom Oct 16, 2016, 03.12 AM (IST)

British Prime Minister Theresa May will visit India next month with an ambition to forge new global role for Britain after it leaves the European Union, May's Downing Street office said in a statement.


The November 6-8 trip will be her first ever bilateral visit to a country outside Europe after she took office in July, international news agency Reuters reported. 


A number of commercial deals are expected to be signed  between India and Britain as the heads of the two states -- May and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi -- meet to inaugurate a tech summit in Delhi. 


"As we embark on the trade mission to India we will send the message that the UK will be the most passionate, most consistent, and most convincing advocate for free trade," May was quoted as saying.


Liam Fox, Britain's secretary of state for international trade, will join the visit. 


(WION with inputs from Reuters) 

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