Minister Alok Sharma to make clear to India that UK open for business

New Delhi, July 25 : UK Minister for Asia Alok Sharma is on his first official visit to India, and will be holding talks with Indian government ministers, senior officials and business leaders in New Delhi and Mumbai, where he will make clear that Britain is open for business and that India and the UK share a dynamic future on the world stage. As modern and diverse democracies, our two countries have a natural affinity and enjoy a genuinely strategic partnership that we want to take to the next level. Our existing bonds in security and defence, business, innovation, education and culture are stronger than ever. Mr. Sharma will also meet business and finance leaders to discuss the UK's strengths, including in financial services, 'Smart Cities' and sustainable energy. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, NATO and the G7, the UK is a truly global player. As a long standing friend of India, we are a great fit with India's reform programme and, as partners in the G20 and Commonwealth; our growing collaboration will see both our nations prosper in the world. Ahead of his visit, Mr. Sharma, said: "I am delighted that India will be my first official visit since taking up my appointment as a Foreign Office Minister. The UK and India have a broad and exciting partnership that includes trade and investment, climate and energy, education, health and culture, reinforced by the large, vibrant Indian Diaspora in Britain. Britain is open for business and thriving on the world stage. We want the strongest possible relationship with India and I want to continue our vital strategic partnership on this visit and in my new role." During his visit, Mr Sharma will also meet the next generation's opinion formers on foreign policy at an 'Emerging Voices' event.