28 Jun 2011

Key visits Taj Mahal on high-level trip to India

6:20 am on 28 June 2011

The prime minister John Key and his wife, Bronagh, have completed a visit to the Taj Mahal on a high-level trip to India.

Mr Key is in the sub-continent to progress free trade talks at the invitation of the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh.


On Tuesday he will hold talks with his Indian counterpart where trade talks will dominate.

Mr Key says New Zealand is very keen to sign a trade deal.

He says New Zealand is looking to significantly increase its exports, and India needs a reliable and safe food supply.

"I've learned that you should never take things for granted and there's a lot of things to be done.

"But it was a very clear signal by the Indian Prime Minister that he wanted me to come and he's made this a state visit.

"From a New Zealand perspective, India's a very important market but increasingly from India's viewpoint, New Zealand is very important as well."

Mr Key's visit is at the level of a state visit so the trip to the Taj Mahal was cleared for the tour.

He described the famous building as majestic and elegant with a fascinating history.