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Singh, Blair hold talks in Udaipur
September 08, 2005 14:28 IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his British counterpart Tony Blair held extensive talks on Thursday on a wide range of issues covering terrorism, environment and the United Nations. The two leaders, who held one-to-one talks, which continued at the delegation level, also exchanged perceptions on managing globalisation.
The historic city of Udaipur became the venue for the meeting following a last minute change from Mashobra near Shimla due to foggy conditions.
Arriving by separate aircraft, the two leaders, who were received at the Dhabok airport by Rajasthan Industry Minister Narpat Singh Razvi, proceeded to the majestic Udai Vilas Palace hotel for the bilateral talks.
Meeting for the second time in two days, Singh and Blair posed for cameramen at the forecourt of the palatial hotel in front of a lily pond with their national flags fluttering in the backdrop. Singh, in his trademark white kurta pyjama with half-jacket and blue turban, warmly shook hands with a smiling Blair.
The two leaders had met in Delhi yesterday for the landmark India-European Union Summit which came out with a comprehensive Joint Action Plan and a Political Declaration.
Blair, who is the current president of EU Council, led the European team. Singh and Blair will hold a joint press conference in Delhi before the British premier leaves for London this evening.