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Lord Ahmad All Praise For Start-Ups, Credits Hyderabad

DECCAN CHRONICLE | Sanjay Samuel Paul

Published on: May 31, 2023 | Updated on: May 31, 2023

 Lord Tariq Ahmad is on a five-day visit to India. (Photo by arrangement)

HYDERABAD: Astonishing the audience with his poetic phrases and fluency in them in Hyderabad on Tuesday was the UK’s Minister of State for the Middle East, South Asia, UN and the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on preventing sexual violence in conflict Lord Tariq Ahmad, who is on a five-day visit to the country.

Lord Ahmad, sharing that his mother was born in Jodhpur of Rajasthan and his father in Gurdaspur of Punjab, recollected his roots during an interaction. "Grandparents left India in 1947, they worked hard, learnt the language and gave their children the education," he said.

Answering a question on India, he said that the country has huge potential, and adding "Post-Covid, we are going through difficult time, we will recover soon" in answer to a query on financial recovery.

His talk also found mention of Indian arts and crafts, and he also called Hyderabad a beautiful city.

Earlier in the day, Lord Ahmad visited T-Hub and Skyroot.

"We want more collaborations on electric cars and electric vehicles. There is one start-up which is working on an app for the aviation to guide the traveller on how much time is there for boarding, how much time he/she can spend for relaxing, which is unique," he said.

He also said that eight UK Cabinet members will visit India for the G-20 Summit.

Lord Ahmad’s visit focuses on science, technology and innovation, emphasising the UK’s commitment to deepening partnerships in these areas across the globe, as evidenced by the recent announcement of a new Tech Envoy to the Indo-Pacific, a release stated.

It further stated: "Strengthening the UK-India relationship is a key pillar of the UK’s long-term foreign policy, as part of its enduring engagement in the Indo-Pacific set out in the Integrated Review.