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Prince Charles arrives in India, to hold talks with PM Narendra Modi

This will be Prince Charles's ninth visit to India

IANS  |  New Delhi 

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New Delhi: Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall on their arrival at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, accompanied by his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles, arrived on Wednesday on a two-day visit to India at the final leg of their 10-day four-nation tour that also took them to Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei.

"Their Royal Highnesses Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive," the British High Commission in India tweeted.

The Prince is scheduled to meet Prime Minister on Wednesday evening and discuss a wide range of issues, including that of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which will take place in April 2018 in the UK.

Ahead of the royal couple's arrival, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said climate change, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), economic cooperation, and other bilateral issues would also come up for discussion.

Bilateral trade between India and stands at $12.19 billion. India is the third largest investor in and the second largest international job creator in that country.

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New Delhi: Britain's and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall share a light moment with media during their visit to the British Council building, in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo

is the third largest inward investor in India, with a cumulative equity investment of $24.37 billion for the period April 2000-June 2017

The Indian diaspora in UK is one of the largest ethnic minority communities in the country, with the 2011 census recording approximately 1.5 million people of Indian origin equating to almost 1.8 percent of the population and contributing 6 per cent of the country's GDP.

This will be Prince Charles's ninth visit to India. He had earlier visited India in 1975, 1980, 1991, 1992, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2013.

First Published: Wed, November 08 2017. 19:00 IST