British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday thanked his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for a ‘fantastic welcome’ and said his 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,” Johnson said in a press conference.
The British Prime Minister further said that 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.
Boris Johnson is on a two-day visit to India to hold in-depth talks on the UK and India’s strategic defence, diplomatic and economic partnership, aimed at bolstering close partnership and stepping up security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.
The British Prime Minister is expected to discuss next-generation defence and security collaboration across the five domains – land, sea, air, space and cyber – as the two countries face “complex new threats”, a release from the UK side said.
He will also hold talks with External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar. The two sides will issue a press statement at around 1 pm at Hyderabad House.
During Boris Johnson’s visit, UK and Indian businesses are going to confirm more than 1 billion pounds in new investments and export deals on Friday in areas from software engineering to health, creating almost 11,000 jobs across the United Kingdom.
In 2021, Prime Minister 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.