February 18, 2013 - 11:40 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - David Cameron said the UK can forge one of "the great partnerships of the 21st century" with India, as he arrives in Mumbai to begin a three-day visit, according to BBC News.
With business the main focus, he leads what 10 Downing Street says is the largest trade delegation taken on an overseas trip by a prime minister.
Among those represented are Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and BP - plus the British Museum and London's Underground.
Meanwhile, Cameron has appeared to indicate that the UK's visa process could be made easier for Indian businesses.
Speaking at the first stop on his trip, a question and answer session at Unilever headquarters in Mumbai, he told the audience: "India's rise is going to be one of the great phenomena of this century and it is incredibly impressive to see. Britain wants to be your partner of choice. We've only just started on the sort of partnership that we could build. As far as I'm concerned, the sky is the limit."
Another of the visit's aims is to address controversy over recent toughening of UK visa rules. Cameron told his audience that there was no limit on the number of Indian students that could come to British universities, so long as they had an English language qualification and a place to study.
In an interview just ahead of the trip with the Hindustan Times - in which he said Britain and India could be "one of the great partnerships of the 21st Century" - he stressed how there was a "warm welcome" for those who wanted to make a "positive contribution" to the UK.
The Prime Minister said he was hoping to "put an even more attractive offer on the table" when it came to visa services to Indian business travelers.
During what is Cameron's second trip to India as prime minister, he is due to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pranab Mukherjee.
He appears to be hoping for some culinary distractions at least: asked during the curtain-raising Q&A session which Indian dishes he was hoping to sample, he replied that it would be a Kerala fish curry - "to see if it compares to my wife's".