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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Greets India on R-Day, Says Working Together to Eliminate Covid | India News


LONDON: The UK and India are working hand in hand to rid humanity of the coronavirus pandemic, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday in a special reference to the vaccine collaboration in his Republic Day message. .
Johnson was supposed to be in New Delhi as the main guest at the annual parade to mark India’s 71st Republic Day, but had to suspend the visit to focus on the internal crisis unleashed by the emergence of a new, deadlier variant of the coronavirus. in the UK at the end of last year.
In his video message to celebrate the birth of an “extraordinary Constitution” that established India “as the largest sovereign democracy in the world,” the UK Prime Minister reiterated his plan to visit India in the coming months.
“I really wanted to join you on this important occasion at the kind invitation of my friend Prime Minister Modi, unfortunately our common fight against COVID has kept me in London,” Johnson said.
“As I speak, our two countries are working side by side to develop, produce and distribute vaccines that will help liberate humanity from the pandemic. And thanks to the combined efforts of Britain, India, and many other nations, we are on the road to success against COVID. Therefore, I look forward to visiting India later this year, strengthening our friendship and striving to achieve the qualitative leap in our relationship that Prime Minister Modi and I have committed to achieving, ”he said. Addressing the Indian diaspora in the UK, he added: “All over the world, this virus is forcing people to stay apart, including family and friends in Britain and India, who make up what Prime Minister Modi has called the ‘living bridge’ between us … “But for now, let me wish everyone in India, as well as those celebrating here in Britain, a very happy Republic Day,” said the British prime minister.

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