President Patil Leaves for Two-Nation State Visit to UK, Cyprus

President Pratibha Patil has left for a two-nation state visit to the UK and Cyprus. In the course of the visit, the president will receive the Commonwealth baton from Queen Elizabeth that’ll mark the start of the year-long relay of the symbol of the sport event to be organized in New Delhi next October.

During the week-long visit, London will be her first stop. This is first visit of an Indian President to the Britain in last 20 years.

In the course of stay, Patil will hold talks with Prime Minister Gordon Brown and also meet leader of Opposition Cameroon. Queen Elizabeth will host a banquet in honour of the Indian President.

The highlight of the visit will be presentation to the President of some letters of Mahatma Gandhi and a piece of khadi cloth by two prominent Indians – Nath Puri and Ghulam Noon – who have purchased these in an auction.

From Britain, she will leave for Cyprus.

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