Mumbai:  British Minister Oliver Letwin arrived here on Monday to build up on the warm relations with India and strengthen economic and financial collaboration between the two countries, an official said.

This is the first visit by a cabinet minister to India after the British general elections last May, and comes ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country in November.

In Maharashtra, Letwin, the British minister in-charge of cabinet office and chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster, will meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other ministers besides top government officials and business leaders.

The two will discuss further strategic engagements between Maharashtra and the UK, cooperation on the state government’s initiatives on easing business norms, smart cities, financial services, skills and education.

He will also attend a reception for leading business magnates from Mumbai to be hosted by the British deputy high commissioner in Mumbai Kumar Iyer on Monday.

“I would like to reiterate the British government’s commitment to work towards an enhanced partnership with India.

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