Source: News Bharati English27 Oct 2016 18:19:22

London, Oct 27:  Taking a firm stand on the contentious issue of Kashmir, British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that the UK won’t intervene in bilateral issues between India and Pakistan. “Our stand on Kashmir remains unchanged”, said May.

The issue was raised by the Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi in the House of Commons during the weekly Prime Minister's Questions session. The Pakistani-born Labour MP asked if the Kashmir issue would form part of May's discussions during her visit to India next month.

In an answer to  the question raised  by the member  the British PM  said ,"I take the same view as this government has since it came into power, and indeed previously, which is that the issue of Kashmir is a matter for India and Pakistan to deal with and sort out,"

British Prime Minister Theresa May is scheduled to visit between November 6 and 8. She will be engaging the bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other officials of Indian government.

During her first state visit May will inaugurate the India-UK Tech Summit where she will be accompanied by a business delegation comprising small and medium enterprises from across the UK and her international trade minister, Liam Fox.

On the occasion of Diwali British PM Theresa May extended her best wishes to the  British-Indians.

In her Diwali Message May said, "In Britain's Indian communities, we can see the good that can be done when people's talents are unleashed. I think of all those running their own businesses, taking risks and working hard so that they can provide for their families and take on staff,"

"I will be so proud to highlight the achievements of British-Indians next month when I make my first official visit to India as Prime Minister at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi," said British PM  

Speaking on the occasion UK's International Development Minister Priti Patel said, "I am incredibly proud, as a British-Indian and a British Hindu to see this event go from strength to strength. It is a celebration for all of us from all backgrounds," Patel is the senior-most Indian-origin minister in May's Cabinet.

The programme was organised by the Hindu Forum of Britain on the Terrace Pavilion in the House of Commons. Leading Indian-origin parliamentarians including Lord Swraj Paul, Lord Dolar Popat, Lord Jitesh Gadhia and Shailesh Vara marked their presence during the diwali celebration programme.