Modi-Boris meeting; new free trade deal this year, bilateral ties have grown stronger, says UK PM – INDIA – GENERAL

NEW DELHI: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reached Gujarat for a two-day visit the other day. The objective of the meeting was to strengthen cooperation with India in the sectors of security, defence, energy and trade.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the British Prime Minister’s visit to India on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence is historic. The two leaders discussed the progress of the free trade agreement between the two countries, the climate commitments adopted in Glasgow and the independent Indo-Pacific.

Boris Johnson has said he aims to forge a new free trade deal with India by Diwali. Officials have been instructed in this regard. Boris said that instead of India cutting tariffs on some products, Britain would also waive some tariffs. The British Prime Minister said he hoped the two countries would cooperate in the health sector.

The two countries have agreed to make the Indo-Pacific region free and independent. The British Prime Minister described it as a deal that would last for decades.
Modi said India wants to continue its free trade agreement with Britain and strengthen defense cooperation. Climate cooperation will also continue. He also discussed reforms in the country with the British Prime Minister. Modi hailed British business investment in India.

India’s infrastructure development reforms were also discussed. Boris Johnson said bilateral ties grew stronger after the meeting. Ukrainian and Afghan issues were also discussed during the meeting.


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