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Looking forward to meeting my friend: UK PM Johnson tweets ahead of meet with PM Modi

By Priyanka Verma 
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is scheduled to meet PM Narendra Modi in Delhi on Friday, asserted that he is looking forward to the visit.

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“Looking forward to meeting with my friend @NarendraModi today in New Delhi,” Boris Johnson tweeted.

Speaking further on the meeting, he said, “the partnership of our democracies is vital.” The two PMs today will hold in-depth talks on the UK and India’s strategic defence, diplomatic and economic partnership.

Johnson arrived in Gujarat on Thursday for the start of his two-day visit to India. Later in the evening, he reached Delhi where Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar received him at the Airport.

On Friday morning, Johnson will attend a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan and later a wreath-laying at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi.

He is scheduled to hold talks with External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar. On the same afternoon, the two sides will issue a press statement at around 1 pm at Hyderabad House.

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Johnson will use the visit to drive progress in the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations launched earlier this year as a deal with India is predicted to boost UK’s total trade by up to 28 billion pounds annually by 2035 and increase incomes across the UK by up to 3 billion pounds, British High Commission statement said,

Last year, Johnson and PM Modi agreed on a UK-India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, announcing more than 530 million pounds in investment into the UK and committing to a deeper bilateral relationship across trade, health, climate, defence and security, and connecting our people.

India was also identified as a priority relationship for the UK in the 2021 Integrated Review and was invited by the UK as a guest to last year’s G7 in Carbis Bay.

British Prime Minister’s visit to India beginning comes amid the rising importance of the Indo-Pacific and India’s centrality in the region with the two countries set to further intensify cooperation across the full spectrum of bilateral ties.

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