“Don’t Think Things (Ties) Have Ever Been As Good,” Says Boris Johnson To PM Modi

New Delhi: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. He is meeting with PM Modi as the UK is aiming to increase its footprint in defence production in India, and new cooperation on clean & renewable energy.

For a ‘fantastic welcome,’ UK PM thanked PM Modi. He said, “My India visit is a ‘very auspicious moment’ for both countries as things have never been as good in UK-India relations as they are now.” 

“I have never seen such a joyful reception. I wouldn’t get that necessarily anywhere in the world,” he added.

Boris Johnson said, “The UK’s partnership with India is a beacon in stormy seas as the world faces growing threats from autocratic states which seek to undermine democracy, choke off fair trade and trample on sovereignty.”

The British Prime Minister is in India on a two-day visit. He will discuss the strategic defence, diplomatic, and economic alliance between the UK and India, with the goal of bolstering close ties and enhancing security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. UK PM is set to talk on next-generation defence and security partnership across the five domains – land, sea, air, space, and cyber – as the two countries face “complex new challenges,” according to a UK press statement.

A British High Commission release stated that UK will work with India for boosting security in the Indo-Pacific, including new fighter jet technology, helicopters and collaboration in the undersea battlespace.

New cooperation on clean and renewable energy will also be discussed by PM Modi.

UK PM Will also speak with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. The two sides will issue a press statement at around 1 pm at Hyderabad House.

During his visit to India, UK and Indian Businesses will confirm new investments of more than 1 million pound. Apart from this, export deals today in areas from software engineering to health, creating almost 11,000 jobs across the UK is included too, the British High Commission said in the statement.

“The UK and India are launching a virtual Hydrogen Science and Innovation hub to accelerate affordable green hydrogen, as well as new funding for the Green Grids Initiative announced at COP26, and collaboration on joint work on the electrification of public transport across India,” the UK release said.

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