New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will meet the British High Commissioner to India, James Bevan in Ahmedabad on Monday.

This meeting will mark the resumption of diplomatic dialogue after the 2002 communal riots in which three Gujarat-origin British nationals were killed.

UK changes ‘policy’ on Gujarat

Recently, the UK had claimed that it was looking at normalising relations with Gujarat. The UK foreign office had said that the decision to engage more closely with Gujarat came in view of the progress made with riots cases pending in the courts.

Britain's Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire had said, "I have asked the British High Commissioner in New Delhi (James Bevan) to visit Gujarat and to meet the Chief Minister and other senior figures in the state.”

“The UK has a broad range of interests in Gujarat. We want to secure justice for the families of the British nationals who were killed in 2002. We want to support human rights and good governance in the state,” Swire had said.

"This will allow us to discuss a wide range of issues of mutual interest and to explore opportunities for closer cooperation, in line with the British Government's stated objective of improving bilateral relations with India," Swire had said.


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