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Saturday, 26 April 2008

Inviting India to be part of a “new global deal” to help eradicate poverty and disease, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said both the countries should join hands to rebuild key international institutions like the United Nations and G-8, reports PTI.

“We need a new global deal between rich and poor countries that can release millions of people from poverty, ensure every child goes to school and eradicate preventable and avoidable diseases from the world,” he said.

Brown said Indo-British partnership was now stronger than ever before and “it will strengthen in the years to come. “It will not simply be a partnership for India and Britain but will be partnership that will benefit the whole world,” he told the Annual Luncheon of the Labour Friends of India (L.F.I.) Tuesday.

Describing Indo-British relations as close, Brown said India and Britain should jointly rebuild a string of international institutions from the United Nations to the Group-8 and even create new ones like a “World Bank for the Environment”.

“I look forward to working with the Indian government and the Indian people in a major programme of the reform of the international institutions that will recognise the rising importance of India in the world but recognise also that India, Britain and other countries working together are the only means by which we can create the type of world that gives us peace, prosperity and sustainable development,” he said.

Brown said both the countries are already working together to consider formation of a “World Bank for the environment.” Referring to the recent global economic meltdown, Brown said “We need a new early warning system for the global economy so that we can prevent the kind of credit crunch that we have had in the last few months.

“And that’s why we need an international institution that demands the support of Asian continent as well as Europe and America that can actually show it can be involved in crisis prevention as well as crisis resolution.”

He also strongly pitched for India becoming not only a member of an expanded U.N. Security Council but also the G-8, a powerful club of rich countries. “I believe the Security Council without India cannot be a Security Council reflecting the reality of the day and as regards G-8, we need India in this as it is one of the fastest growing economies,” Brown said.

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