Modi, Boris discuss India-UK trade, climate change in phone call

| | London
  • 0

Modi, Boris discuss India-UK trade, climate change in phone call

Thursday, 19 December 2019 | PTI | London

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated British counterpart Boris Johnson on his re-election in a phone call during which they resolved to continue working closely on issues such as trade, security and defence and climate change. 

 Johnson won a big majority for his Conservative Party in last week's election.

"The PM (Johnson) spoke to Prime Minister Modi of India, who congratulated him on the result of the General Election,” a Downing Street spokesperson said.

"The two leaders resolved to continue working closely together on issues such as trade, security and defence, and to step up our cooperation on climate change ahead of next year's COP26 climate summit in Glasgow,” the spokesperson said.

The call with Modi is among the first few Johnson has had since the 55-year-old Conservative Party leader returned to 10 Downing Street as Prime Minister with a strong 80-seat majority last Friday.

US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were the world leaders ahead of the Indian Prime Minister to call Johnson, reflecting the British Prime Minister's clear eye on post-Brexit trade agreements once the UK has left the European Union (EU) next year.

During the election campaign trail, Johnson had made repeated references to his commitment to stronger India-UK ties and has committed to making India one of his first destinations for an overseas visit as a newly re-elected PM.

"I know PM Modi is building a new India. And, we in the UK Government will support him fully in his endeavour,” he said during a visit to the famous Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, north-west London, days before the election last Thursday.

Sunday Edition

Religious Interactions – A Reappraisal

26 June 2022 | Susan Mishra | Agenda

A search for self-fulbillment

26 June 2022 | Navin Upadhyay | Agenda

The Trail of Buddha is like a fascinating train journey

26 June 2022 | RAJ KANWAR | Agenda

The art of job-hunting

26 June 2022 | Deepak Kumar Jha | Agenda

Astroturf | Adapt fresh methods proven by research for clear lead

26 June 2022 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo | Agenda

Indo-Pacific Eco Framework: Concept to strategy

26 June 2022 | Vivek Mishra/ Mrityunjaya Dubey | Agenda