VVIP chopper deal: PM conveys India's concerns, David Cameron assures cooperation- highlights

VVIP chopper deal: PM conveys India's concerns, David Cameron assures cooperation- highlights
New Delhi:  British Prime Minister David Cameron met with Dr Manmohan Singh this morning in Delhi and has promised full cooperation as India investigates whether bribes were paid for a 12-helicopter deal with AgustaWestland (AW), an Anglo-Italian company based in  southwest Britain.

Below are the highlights:

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh:
  • Gives me great pleasure to welcome British PM David Cameron to our country
  • His leadership has given strong momentum to strategic partnership between India and UK
  • We expressed satisfaction while stressing need to do more to take the relationship to a new level
  • I invited increased British investment in India, including in infrastructure and energy
  • Also conveyed to the PM our concerns over allegations of unfair means used to secure 2010 AugustaWestland deal
  • We have sought an explanation from company by February 22
  • I have sought full assistance from UK, PM Cameron has assured me of cooperation from UK
  • In keeping with our strategic relationship, it is important for our two sides to consult closely
  • PM Cameron's visit is another milestone in our bilateral relationship
  • I thanked Mr Cameron for Britain's support on India's inclusion as a permanent seat in the Nuclear suppliers Group

David Cameron:
  • In terms of business and trade, we are on track to double bilateral trade to 23 bn pounds by 2015
  • Corridor of new towns between Bangalore and Mumbai
  • We are going to bring in a same day visa service for Indian investors
  • No limits on Indian students wanting to study in UK
  • We have a new program on cooperation in cyber-security
  • On AugustaWestland: We will respond to any request for information. I am glad Italian authorities are looking into this in detail
  • We will root out any problems of bribery and corruption whenever and wherever they appear. We have strong anti-bribery laws
  • Very purposeful and frank discussions between two politicians who enjoy working together
  • The potential of this relationship is immense and we are committed to working together 
  • We will respond to any assistance sought by India



Story First Published: February 19, 2013 13:35 IST

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