"Discussing bilateral ties and development... delegation level talks begin with PM @David_Cameron," the Prime Minister's Office  India tweeted.

During the course of PM Modi's visit, the two sides are expected to sign a number of agreements on mutual investments and defence cooperation. Prior to the talks, the Indian Prime Minister was accorded a ceremonial guard of honour at the Treasury Quadrangle on King Charles Street here.

PM Modi met members of the Sikh community in Britain before beginning his official engagements. "The UK visit begins with a meeting with the Sikh community in London," the PMO India said in  a tweet.

"Deepening diaspora linkages. Before formal engagements, PM finds time to meet members of the Punjabi community," tweeted external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

PM Modi was earlier received at Heathrow international airport, among others, by British Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire, British High Commissioner to India James David Evan, Indian High Commissioner to Britain Ranjan Mathai, and British Minister of State for Employment Priti Patel, who is of Indian origin.

Earlier in the day, British Prime Minister David Cameron's office welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Britain by releasing a video on social media about the Indian community.

The video was uploaded on the official Twitter handle for Prime Minister David Cameron's office. "Welcome Prime Minister (PM Modi). We are so pleased you have come to visit. You will see how important our relationship is with India," the video begins with these lines.

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