Today Boris Johnson will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in New Delhi. He will attend a lavish ceremonial reception at the prestigious Rashtrapati Bhavan and also pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi’s Samadhi.
Around 1 pm today IST Boris Johnson and EAM S Jaishankar will release a press briefing after their meeting culminates on defense, energy, trade, and education.
External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar calls on British PM Boris Johnson in Delhi
Discussed our expanding partnership and implementing the India-UK Roadmap 2030, EAM says. pic.twitter.com/Y1b5zGky33
— ANI (@ANI) April 22, 2022
“Boris Johnson’s visit to India will be fruitful, his sole aim is to enhance the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) discussions which started off earlier this year.UK’s economy is predicted to gain massive impetus once its bilateral ties with India are further strengthened strategically over defense, energy, and trade. a boost of 28 billion pounds is forecasted by 2035 for the UK economy and like wise its reflection to be seen in the Indian economy”, stated British High Commission.
Just last year PM Modi and British PM Boris Johnson collectively agreed upon the Indo-British Comprehensive Strategic Alliance planning to inject 530 million pounds into the UK over an array of verticals such as defense and security, health and climate change, trade and commerce, energy and education, as well as connecting Indians to Britishers in a more professional manner.
In 2021 Uk identified India as a potential and priority allied member in the Integrated Review and welcomed India to join the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, a picturesque village in England.
The UK wants to, in principle move India away from Russian defense equipment dependency and establish itself as India’s new and long-standing defense partner.
As per British High Commission, “Boris will raise the topic of the Russo-Ukraine war and share the UK’s perspective and ensure India is heard as well, not lecturing India what to do. And we absolutely respect and totally understand India’s stance on this. We aim to strengthen our bilateral ties, that’s all.”