British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to visit India to strengthen bilateral relations | India News

New Delhi: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will visit India later this month as the two sides prepare to forge closer ties. The visit comes amid London’s Indo-Pacific tilt and the two sides are holding free trade pact talks. He should be in Delhi the 4th week of the month. Indian Prime Minister Modi and the British Prime Minister met last year in November on the sidelines of the Glasgow climate summit.

Last year, the British Prime Minister’s visit to India was canceled twice. First in January when he was the main guest of India’s Republic Day but due to the covid crisis in his country it couldn’t happen, then in April when the India was in the midst of a pandemic wave. The UK, as G7 President last year, also invited Prime Minister Modi as a guest, but this visit could not take place either due to the pandemic.

May 2021 saw a virtual summit between the 2 leaders who agreed on the 2030 roadmap. The roadmap provides a framework for the UK-India health relationship , climate, trade, education, science and technology and defence.

The two countries also agreed to raise the status of the relationship to a “comprehensive strategic partnership”. With trade pact talks underway, a key outcome of the virtual summit is to double trade by 2030. Trade between the UK and India is worth around £23 billion a year.

Last month, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss was in Delhi as part of a “wider diplomatic push” amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It was his second trip to the country as foreign minister after his visit last October and his third as secretary of state in 13 months. The UK, under its BREXIT Indo-Pacific tilt post, will join India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative and become a lead partner on maritime security issues, coordinating work with key partners in South East Asia.

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