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Prime Minister Modi and Boris Johnson discuss an ‘ambitious roadmap’ for India-UK relations in the next decade

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with his British counterpart Boris Johnson on Friday about the way forward for bilateral relations between the two countries in the next 10 years. The two leaders discussed cooperation in the sectors of trade and investment, defense and the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

“I had an excellent conversation with my friend British Prime Minister @BorisJohnson about an ambitious roadmap for India-UK relations in the next decade. We agree to work towards a qualitative leap in our cooperation in all areas: trade and investment, defense and security, climate change and the fight against Covid-19, ”wrote Prime Minister Modi on Twitter.

Johnson, on the other hand, launched a launch to make 2021 a year to deepen and strengthen the India-UK relationship in sectors including climate change and health.

“Thanks @narendramodi, it’s a pleasure talking to you. I am looking forward to deepening and strengthening the UK-India relationship in 2021 and beyond! “the British prime minister tweeted.

A Downing Street spokesman said the two prime ministers discussed joint efforts to find treatments and vaccines for the coronavirus and welcomed collaboration between top scientists from the two countries. “They were looking forward to next month’s Climate Ambition Summit, which will be an opportunity to revitalize global efforts against climate change ahead of the UK-hosted COP26 Summit next year,” he added.

Given that the UK will not be part of the European Union as of January 1, 2021, it hopes to build new relationships and strengthen existing ones around the world, in particular a free trade agreement with India, as mentioned by Brexit supporters. like Johnson. and others.

“The Prime Minister stressed the importance of improving bilateral trade and investment flows. Both leaders welcomed the extensive work that has been done in this regard to date and shared the ambition to deepen the economic relationship, ”the spokesperson said.

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