UK invitation to Narendra Modi not an endorsement of him: British envoy
Days after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi got an invitation to visit Britain, the United Kingdom High Commissioner to India on Thursday said that any engagement with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was not an endorsement of him.
The envoy further asserted that UK still had concerns regarding the 2002 Gujarat riots, saying, "We do have concerns over human rights violations. Our three nationals were killed in Gujarat riots and we want trial and justice for them."
Nearly 10 months after the British government warmed up to Narendra Modi, the India groups of the country's main political parties invited the Gujarat Chief Minister to visit the UK.
The ball was set rolling by the Opposition party's Labour Friends of India when its chairman, Barry Gardiner MP, sent a letter to Modi inviting him to the House of Commons to speak on 'The Future of Modern India'.
"The invitation is a culmination of several years of engagement between senior representatives of the Labour Party and Modi," the Labour MP for Brent North said. "I am sure people in the UK and indeed the international community would be very interested to meet and hear what Modi has to say first hand.
He is a politician who cannot be ignored. I believe it's in Britain's best interests that we engage with him as both the CM of Gujarat and also potential prime minister," he added.
"I, like many colleagues within the Labour Party, look forward to welcoming Modi to the UK. I last had the pleasure of meeting him in Gujarat in 2009.
His return visit to the UK is long overdue," said Stephen Pound MP, former chair of Labour Friends of India.
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