AMRITSAR, JULY 30 (Prabhjot Gill) The British Minister for Communities and Local Government, Ms Hazel Blears paid obeisance at Golden Temple, here today. She was accompanied by a 4 member delegation including Mr. Neil O’ Connor, Deputy Director Preventing Extremism Division, Mr. Azhar Ali, Senior Communities Advisor, Mr. Mark Tethick, Manager, Preventing Extremism Division and Ms Iona Thomas, Private Secretary.
Talking to media persons Ms Blears said, “This is my first visit to India and I look forward to meeting, listening and responding to a wide range of people. Our ties with India are immensely strong and interaction with Indian counterparts will further cement the bonds.” Like India Britain has a very diverse society and we have a long history of benefiting from and welcoming the talents and contributions of people from all different backgrounds. They are fundamental to our success. We are working to ensure that British communities remain places where people from all walks of life get along, said she.
The British delegation came to Amritsar early this morning and left for New Delhi after visiting Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh. Their Delhi itinerary includes meeting with Government of India Ministers and community representatives. They would also study various welfare oriented projects for Indian Communities especially those related to women empowerment and education.