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FCO Minister of State for India hosts diaspora at the FCO

Hugo Swire and Virendra Sharma host British Indian diaspora reception to recognise contribution to the UK-India partnership.

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Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire at the Indian Diaspora event

Hugo Swire, the Minister of State responsible for India, and Virendra Sharma, Chair of the Indian All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), hosted members of the British Indian diaspora, celebrating their contribution to the UK, on 20 November.

The event included leading figures of the British Indian community and was an opportunity to reinforce the Prime Minister’s message when in India last week of wanting a stronger, deeper partnership with India. It showed the UK’s desire for stronger links with the diaspora and gave a platform for future engagement.

Hugo Swire said:

I am delighted to host representatives of the British Indian diaspora, a group that contributes so much to the positive relationship between India and the UK.

They represent the cornerstone of the relationship between our two countries, with the links, knowledge, and understanding to help them grow. We want them to know that we support the excellent work being done by the community to engage in new partnerships and will continue to work with them in pursuing this.

Also in attendance was the recently-appointed UK Indian diaspora Champion, Priti Patel MP, who in her speech reiterated the importance of the role the diaspora plays in making the UK-India relationship both successful and enduring.

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Published 21 November 2013