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Modi thanks British MPs for inviting him to UK

August 14, 2013 13:51 IST

Stating that dialogue strengthens democracies, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday thanked the British Members of Parliament for inviting him to the United Kingdom, in the spirit of dialogue and engagement.

Barry Gardiner, a MP of UK, had sent a letter to Modi last week, inviting him to the House of Commons to speak on 'The Future of Modern India'.

"Dialogue strengthens democracies. There is no alternative to dialogue, which enables us to understand each other to work for the greater good," Modi wrote on the micro-blogging site twitter.

"Thankful to British MPs for their invite in the spirit of dialogue and engagement," he tweeted.

The Labour MP from Brent North, Gardiner, while extending the invitation to the Gujarat CM, had stated that people in the UK and indeed the international community would be very
interested to hear what Narendra Modi has to say first hand.

Earlier, ending a decade-long boycott of Gujarat after the 2002 communal riots, the UK government had resumed dialogue with the state last year, when British High Commissioner James Bevan met Modi and initiated discussions on a range of issues, including climate change and investment.

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