Open for business, partnerships with India: London Mayor Sadiq Khan

ANI | Updated: Dec 03, 2017 20:53 IST

Mumbai [India], Dec 3 (ANI): London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Sunday said the British capital was open for business and partnerships with India.

Khan, who arrived in Mumbai today as a part of his visit to India to boost economic and cultural ties said, "The key message I am bringing to India is that London is open for talent, business and partnerships."

The London Mayor stated that India was the second biggest investor in the United Kingdom and both have a rich history, adding, "India is the biggest democracy and the UK is the oldest democracy."

"We're keen to encourage talented Indians to come and study in London," he added.

For someone whose parents and grandparents are from India, Khan said, "I am really proud that I have come to India as the Mayor of London."

During his visit, Sadiq will also visit Delhi and Amritsar in India before going to Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi in Pakistan.

Sadiq is accompanied by a delegation of UK business leaders and will meet with politicians, investors and entrepreneurs from across South Asia on the trip, which is aimed at strengthening trade and investment links as well as promoting cultural exchange.

The visit is primary focussed on spreading the message that London is open to those looking to work, visit or study following the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum or the EU referendum, also known as the Brexit referendum.

Between 2005 and 2016, the UK was the second largest destination for Indian investment and 44 per cent of the fastest growing Indian companies now have a base in London. (ANI)