India-UK defence talks: Cameron In, Antony left out

Seeking special relationship with India, UK Prime Minister David Cameron met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today discussing more issue including Defence Deal Scandal.

As per official reports, Defence Minister AK Antony who threatened last week to cancel the AW contract is not part of PM’s delegation holding talks as not required.

Defence deals along with business, education ties and terrorism counteract activities are the major issue on Delegation’s Talk agenda.

Much expectation is of taking up the issue of Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland Chopper Deal inked in 2010 with India for supply of 12 VVIP helicopters.

Mr. Singh said that the “serious concerns” has been raised over the alleged kickbacks in the Rs. 3600 crore VVIP Chopper deal to his British counterpart David Cameron.

UK is the only one has provided an interim reply as AgustaWestland is a UK subsidiary of Finmeccanica and India sought more assistance from Cameron.

Mr. Cameron has initially wash out his hands, saying VVIP chopper deal is a matter between India and Italy and he had no doubts over the dealings of AgustaWestland in Britain.

Mr Cameron on Monday arrived India during his three days Trade Visit, as per him AgustaWestland is an excellent company with highly skilled workers and

AgustaWestlland is the subsidiary of Finmeccanica whose CEO Giuseppe Orsi was arrested along with AgustaWestland CEO Bruno Spagnolini by Italian investigators alleged 51 million Euros kickbacks of Deal to make the contract in favour of AgustaWestland.

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