Sadiq Khan is on a historic trade mission to bring India and Pakistan closer to London
By: Barfi Culture Team
Published: 6th December 2017

Sadiq Khan begins his trade mission in Pakistan tomorrow after nearly coming to the end of his historic tour of India.

This is the first ever trade mission led by the Mayor of London to both countries. His aim is to bring them culturally and economically closer to Britain's capital city.

He has already visited Mumbai and Delhi and is now visiting Amritsar. He will head to Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi after that.

"I want to strengthen the links that exist between London and the great cities of India and Pakistan. I know there is a huge amount we can learn from each other and that there is scope for even greater collaboration," he said ahead of the trip.

"I’m passionate about deepening the relationship we have across a wide range of areas – from trade and business to tourism, technology, education, sport, culture and the arts."

Sadiq Khan is being accompanied by his Deputy Mayor for business, Rajesh Agrawal.

Over the last couple of days the Mayor of London has met with Indian government ministers, rubbed shoulders with Bollywood stars including Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, met with business leaders in Mumbai, talked with school children about pollution and visited the Taj Hotel memorial for victims of the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai.

He also took the time to visit the famous Akshardham temple in New Delhi.

He is likely to visit Harmandir Sahib, the Sikh Golden Temple, while in Amritsar. Then he will travel to Lahore.

Among the calls for cooperation over culture and pollution, the Mayor of London also said he wants to closer economic ties between London and both countries.

The UK was the second largest destination for Indian investment between 2005 and 2016. 44% of the fastest growing Indian companies now have a base in London, says his office.

A major programme of cultural events and activities in India has been organised by the British Council and a similar one in the UK by the Government of India. Meanwhile, the Pakistan High Commission in London has commissioned 'Emerging Pakistan', a year-long showcase of Pakistani culture, its landscape and people, in Britain.

Today he also became the first western politician in a generation to walk from India into Pakistan through the Wagah border.

In the process of bringing both countries closer to London, the Mayor of London may end up helping them build better ties with each other. If there is anyone who can, it is Sadiq Khan.

Article published on 6th December 2017 in the World section

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