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#Engagement: Hague, Osborne to lead first UK delegation to India since Modi election

Foreign Secretary William Hague and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will be among the first top British politicians to meet Narendra Modi as a high-level British delegations gets set to visit India next week.

Hague and Osborne will also hold bilateral meetings with their Indian counterparts, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley respectively, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reports.

The visit will take place between 7 and 9 July.

Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Ranjan Mathai, confirmed to PTI: “We are now looking forward to the visit to India jointly by the foreign secretary and the Chancellor of the Exchequer next week. Their ministerial meetings have been scheduled in India. 

"This marks the start of a set of new engagements between the UK and new Indian government.”

In a recent address in the House of Commons, Mr Hague outlined his aims for the trips: "Our priorities will be to expand trade and investment, enhance education links, strengthen cooperation on defence and security, increase collaboration on science and innovation, and build our people-to-people links through the UK’s 1.5 million Indian Diaspora,” he said.

The British delegation to India is part of a wider effort to rejuvenate the UK-India trade relationship.

British investment in India in the last fiscal year stood at £16 billion, lagging behind countries such as Singapore, the United States and even the Netherlands. 

Prime Minister David Cameron has set a target of £22 billion for 2015 and the government is said to be keen to improve on through further investment, particularly in areas such as defence and infrastructure.

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