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PM Modi meets UK PM Boris Johnson; discuss trade

Biarritz (France) | Prime Minister Narendra Modi met UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the sidelines of G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, and termed it “A good meeting”.

The two leaders discussed ways to further cement bilateral ties in trade, defence and innovation.

PM Johnson and PM Modi have met for the first time after being elected and re-elected respectively. PM Modi had previously spoken on the phone with the UK PM to congratulate him of winning the top ministerial position.

“We had a great meeting Prime Minister Boris Johnson, where we got to discuss ways to further cement ties in trade, defence, and innovation. India and United Kingdom relations are robust this benefits our citizens greatly,” Prime Minister Modi said in a tweet.

PM Narendra Modi had a good meeting with UK PM Boris Johnson on margins of G-7 summit. Discussions focused on strengthening our bilateral ties going forward, inter alia, in trade & investment, defence & security, S & T and education sectors,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

The two leaders are in Biarritz, France to attend the G-7 Summit. Their meeting came against the backdrop of the Indian government revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcating the state into two Union Territories.

During a telephone call early this week, Johnson told Modi that Kashmir remains a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan as far as the UK’s view is concerned.

“The Prime Minister made clear that the UK views the issue of Kashmir as one for India and Pakistan to resolve bilaterally. He underlined the importance of resolving issues through dialogue,” a Downing Street spokesperson said in an official readout of the phone call on Tuesday.

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