India's Modi meets Queen ahead of speech

2015-11-13 20:59
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II walks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Buckingham Palace. (Dominic Lipinski, AP)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II walks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Buckingham Palace. (Dominic Lipinski, AP)

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London - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Queen Elizabeth 11 for talks on Friday.

A few dozen supporters waved British and Indian flags at the gates to the Queen's London residence, Buckingham Palace, where Modi had a private lunch with the Royal family.

The highlight of Modi's visit is his Wembley speech to up to 700 000 people, mostly from the 1.5-million-strong British-Indian community.

British Prime Minister David Cameron is scheduled to introduce Modi at the four-hour UK Welcomes Modi event, which coincides with the traditional Hindu Diwali, or "festival of lights," and features singers, dancers and a fireworks display.

Modi said the event would be "an expression of joy for all that we share: values, institutions, political system, sports, culture and art."

After his talks with Modi Thursday, Cameron said the two nations had signed commercial agreements worth more than £9 billion.

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