Rishi Sunak seemed ecstatic about his friendship with Narendra Modi during his first meeting with the Indian Prime Minister. On the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Indonesia, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak took to Twitter on November 16 and shared a photo of himself with his Indian counterpart PM Narendra Modi.
Sunak had earlier shared a series of photos with world leaders including US President Joe Biden and German President Olaf Scholz, as well as Prime Minister Modi.
During his meeting with PM Modi on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali, the two leaders discussed areas in which the UK and India are cooperating more closely, such as defence and security. Sunak thanked PM Modi for “the overwhelming response of the Indian people to his appointment as Prime Minister.”
The British Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement that the two leaders were looking forward to the signing of a UK-India free trade agreement, “which has the potential to unlock investment and increase jobs in both our countries, as well as expanding our deep cultural links.”
Meanwhile, Modi stated that India values “robust ties” with the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom is currently negotiating a trade agreement with India. If agreed, it will be India’s first deal of its kind with a European country, according to London.
Earlier on November 16, in the midst of a severe labour shortage in UK, the Sunak government approved a new youth mobility partnership scheme that will provide up to 3,000 visas to young professionals from India to live and work in the UK each year. Sunak announced the scheme at the G20 Summit in Bali as part of the UK’s Indo-Pacific focus.
The G20 leaders met for the first time on the Indonesian island since Russia’s February invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow describes as a “special military operation.” Following Indonesia, India will hold the G20 presidency for a year, beginning on December 1.