Ext Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Visits London’s Swaminarayan Temple; Begins His 5-Day UK Tour

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Ext Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Visits London’s Swaminarayan Temple; Begins His 5-Day UK Tour

On Diwali, the festival of lights, India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar visited the famous BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in London. The temple is also known as the Neasden Temple in the city. Speaking to the Indian community gathered at the temple, Jaishankar wished them a happy Diwali and conveyed his happiness to be “among our own people” at this time of year. Here’s how India’s External Affairs Minister began his 5-day official tour in the United Kingdom.  

Ext Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Visits London’s Swaminarayan Temple

During his tour to the UK, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar observed Diwali by praying at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Neasden Temple) in London on Sunday. The first genuine Hindu temple constructed according to traditional methods is the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Europe.

The Abhishek Puja was offered by the EAM and his spouse, Kyoko Jaishankar, on their visitation to the shrine. During his Diwali visit to the Neasden Temple, Mr. Jaishankar emphasized the value of cultural ties in bilateral relations. 

Encouraging India-UK ties, EAM Jaishankar is in the UK for four days. Common political and economic objectives will also be considered during this tour.

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India Through The World’s Eyes

S. Jaishankar also spoke to the Indian diaspora. Emphasizing the unwavering endeavours of the Indian administration led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Jaishankar provided anecdotes from his recent conversations with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and emphasized the dedication to strengthening ties between the United Kingdom and India. Speaking about the improvement in Bharat’s image, Jaishankar reflected on how the world is viewing India these days.

In addition, he emphasized India’s accomplishments on the global scene, citing its successful G20 chairmanship and its position as the major economy with the fastest rate of growth.

With this, Jaishankar started his official five-day visit to the UK. The reason behind this tour is to evaluate the various facets of bilateral ties. 

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Meet With Rishi Sunak

The External Affairs Minister of India, S. Jaishankar, met UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife, Akshata Murty. The meeting took place on Sunday at 10 Downing Street in London. Sunak had invited Jaishankar and his spouse, Kyoko Jaishankar, to Downing Street for Diwali tea earlier in the day.

He also expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Sunak and his spouse, Akshata Murty, for their kind hospitality and cordial welcome.

S. Jaishankar gave him a cricket bat signed by Indian batting legend Virat Kohli. Rishi Sunak wished Prime Minister Narendra Modi a happy Diwali. Right now, Mr. Jaishankar is in the UK on a formal visit. He will leave Britain on November 15 after arriving on Saturday.

During his visit, he is expected to meet with a number of other dignitaries. The Ministry of External Affairs mentioned in a previous release that there is a growing bilateral partnership between India and the UK. (As per NDTV)

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