On September 5th, 2016, Pm Modi met his British counterpart Theresa May, and this was his first meeting with her as British Prime Minister. The meeting was based on the India-UK relationships and various agendas related to immigration policies and terrorismwas discussed in the meet. PM Modi expressed his views on new immigration policies of UK, and asserted that the new immigration laws could leave a ‘negative impact’ on the working professionals of India who are willing to visit UK for short duration business meets.
The spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry, Mr. VikasSwaroop said that the meet was on the side lines of the G20 Summit, where the two Prime Ministers discussed about the enhancement of bilateral defence partnership.
According to the new immigration policies of UK, if a candidate is willing to stay in the country for more than six years than they will be permitted to stay only if they are earning more than 35,000 pounds p.a, or else they should be working at PhD level jobs or under the UK’s Shortage Occupation List. On the advice from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), an inception was raised from the salary requirement of around 21,000 pounds per year.
PM Modi has invited British firms to ‘Make in India’ and both the PMs are looking forward to an early visit by the Indian Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar to UK. PM Modi also raised the issues of terrorism in the meeting and discussed about the challenges associated with terrorism, he said that “it is the biggest threat to the whole world and it knows no boundaries”. He further mentioned that May was previously the home minister of Britain and is very well aware of the dangers related with terrorism. Swarup mentioned that based on this context, both the leaders discussed on counter terrorism cooperation.
As per PM Modi this meeting on India-UK joint collaboration on counter terrorism was very useful and requires further collaboration of both the counties in cyber security and intelligence sharing rather than just information gathering.
The new UK Prime Minister Theresa May asserted that she was keen to support Mr. Modi’s vision for his nation and to develop a broad strategic partnership with India, and she will also support the decision which were taken during his previous visit to the UK last November. She also stressed on the importance of Britain’s attachment with Indian migration. And so she appointed three ministers to India which includes, Preeti Patel, Greg Clarke and Alok Sharma, which shows her priority towards India.
PM Modi asserted that even after Brexit, the importance of UK has not decreased in India.
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