Hugo Swire,the British Minister of State for Foreign Office who is responsible for UKs relations with India,will be coming to Gujarat Wednesday and is likely to meet Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
The high-profile visit is in line with the David Cameron government’s decision to re-engage with Gujarat after its decade-long boycott of the Modi government following the post-Godhra riots in 2002.
Britain’s rethink on Gujarat first became evident in October last year when Swire sent British High Commissioner James Bevan to meet Modi.
Britain also participated in a big way at the sixth Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit held in January this year and Bevan had gone to the extent of saying that he felt like a son of Gujarat.
Swire is also likely to meet some industry leaders and NGOs during his visit to Gujarat.
Two British nationals were killed at Prantij in Sabarkantha in violence during the 2002 riots. Two former British diplomats had testified as witnesses during the case trial. The verdict in the case is yet to be out.