LONDON: India’s outgoing High Commissioner Y K Sinha has said the UK will find India a reliable partner whatever turn its exit negotiations with the European Union (EU) may take.

Speaking at one of many farewell events being organised here to mark his retirement from the Indian Foreign Service at the end of this month, the diplomat described his UK posting as the “crowning glory” of his 37-year career because he leaves at a time when UK-India relations are poised to “reap the dividends across the board”.

“We are very hopeful that after Brexit, whatever turn it takes, the UK will find India as a very reliable partner,” Sinha said while addressing a Conservative Friends of India (CFIN) event.
“I can’t be partisan, but I would say the Conservative Party of late has been very receptive to the concerns of the Indian diaspora and India-UK relations, and the government has made an extra effort to reach out,” Sinha said.

CFIN co-chair Rami Ranger praised the diplomat’s hard-work in frostering closer India-UK ties and building a “magnificent” connect between the Indian diaspora and the Indian High Commission in London.

Among a series of farewell receptions this month, the diplomat was also hosted by leading industrialist G P Hinduja, who called for longer terms for Indian High Commissioners in the UK.

“High Commissioners’ tenure should be a minimum of five years so they don’t leave soon after setting the ball rolling and before it reaches the goal post,” said Hinduja, the Co-Chair of the Hinduja Group.

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