Modi's much anticipated meeting with Bevan was held at 12:30 pm. According to sources, British government has been trying to increase its investment in India and thus trying to normalise its tie with Gujarat which had a restrained relation since last ten years.
It is expected that Modi may ensure more investments for his state ahead of the crucial assembly elections which will be held in two phases on Dec 13 and Dec 17.
Modi-Bevan meeting marked the resumption of diplomatic dialogue after the 2002 communal riots in which three Gujarat-origin British nationals were killed.
Earlier, UK's foreign office spokesperson was quoted as saying, "Since the riots in 2002, in light of our concerns about human rights abuses which took place then, we have had no ministerial or senior official contact with senior political ranks of the Gujarat state government."
The UK government also had issued a press release saying, "we want to secure justice for the families of the British nationals who were killed in 2002. We want to support human rights and good governance in the state."
The release by the British government also added, "We also want to provide the best possible support for British nationals who live in, work in or visit Gujarat; and to the many Gujaratis who now make up one of the most successful and dynamic communities in the UK. As part of this government's commitment to strengthen relations with India, we have an interest in ensuring that we provide a full and consistent range of services across the whole country."