After the Madison Square Garden in New York, the Olympic Stadium in Sydney and countless other venues across the globe, it’s time for London’s iconic Wembley Stadium to host the rock-star Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Europe India Forum (EIF) today announced it will host a reception in honour of Mr Modi at Wembley on 13 November.
Over 70,000 people are expected to attend the special invitation-only event and will be the largest ever reception a foreign head of government has ever received in the UK.
Entitled “Two Great Nations. One Glorious Future”, the event will kick off with a cultural show featuring a string of British Indian artists followed by what will be one of Mr Modi’s most important speeches.
There will also be a spectacular fireworks display as the visit coincides with Diwali.
The event website www.ukwelcomesmodi.org will go live at 10 am on Saturday 29 when UK community organizations to register their interest in becoming “Welcome Partners” for the event.
All announcements and information relating the event will be delivered via the Twitter handle @ukwelcomesmodi.
Professor Nath Puri CBE, a founding member of EIF, said: “Prime Minister Modi has emerged as an iconic figure on the world stage. This Olympics style reception he will receive at Wembley stadium will not only reflect the respect and adulation he has within the British Indian community, but will highlight and celebrate his vision for a peaceful and prosperous India. It will bring together people from all communities and backgrounds in a mood of celebration of all that unites us as countries and people.”
Britain’s Minister for Employment and Prime Minister David Cameron’s Indian Diaspora Champion, Priti Patel MP, said: “The UK Government places huge importance on the special relationship with India. Prime Minister Modi’s forthcoming visit and the community reception will only serve to strengthen the bond of friendship between our two great nations. I encourage as many community organisations to register their support.”