Modi Cameron joint statement
PM Narendra Modi and UK counterpart David Cameron during the joint statementYouTube screenshot

British Prime Minister on Thursday announced that the United Kingdom 'firmly' supports India's bid for a permanent  membership in the United Nations Security Council.

Cameron was addressing a joint-press conference at 10 Downing Street after discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a three-day visit to the UK. 

"The UK firmly supports permanent membership for India on the United Nations Security Council," Cameron said.

In October, India, that for long has been pushing for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council, made another strong call to the UN along with African nations stating that they "can no longer be excluded from their rightful place" in the world body.

The British PM also announced that after almost 400-years, a British warship will be visiting the Bay of Bengal to carry out a joint naval exercise with the Indian navy.

On the issue of cyber-terrorism, Cameron said that UK will operate a joint progamme with India to train one million security professionals.

After the press conference, the office of British Prime Minister announced that UK will observe a year long-programme to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and UK cultural ties.

The Year of Culture 2017 will see an exciting festival of events celebrating the vibrant cultural history of the 2 countries, a statement from 10 Downing Street said.

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