April 5, 2018 / 6:05 AM / 17 days ago

India's finance minister unwell, cancels foreign travel

NEW DELHI, April 5 (Reuters) - Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is unwell and has cancelled a visit to London next week for annual economic talks, two government officials said on Thursday.

Jaitley, a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s inner circle, has been advised to rest, the two officials at the finance ministry said. They did not identify the nature of his illness.

“He will not visit London next week as he is not keeping well,” one of the officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity in line with government policy.

Jaitley was due to meet UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond at the India-UK economic dialogue and deliver a talk on “Looking Ahead to 2022: India’s Global Vision” at Chatham House, a policy think tank.

The organisers of the talk said the programme has been cancelled without assigning any reason.

Finance Ministry spokesman D.S. Malik was not immediately available for a comment.

Jaitley, 65, skipped a meeting of finance ministers from the Group of 20 countries in Argentina last month. He told Reuters at the time he was not in a position to take a long flight.

In 2014 he had a gastric bypass operation to keep his diabetes in check. (Reporting by Manoj Kumar; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani and Kim Coghill)

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