Boris Johnson India visit highlights: UK PM hopes to clinch Indian free trade deal by year-end

  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in India highlights: On day 1 of his India visit, the UK prime minister is expected to announce investments in science and technology collaborations in Gujarat.
United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his visit to the JCB factory, at Halol GIDC in Panchmahal on Thursday.
United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his visit to the JCB factory, at Halol GIDC in Panchmahal on Thursday.(ANI)
Updated on Apr 22, 2022 12:10 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday arrived in Ahmedabad, Gujarat to begin his long-pending trip to India that was delayed due to the pandemic. Johnson is on a two-day visit to India during which he will focus on economic ties and the war in Ukraine. 

On day 1 of his India visit, the UK prime minister is expected to announce investments in science and technology collaborations in Gujarat. On Friday, he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi and hold talks on economic, security and defence ties.

The UK prime minister hopes to strike new economic deals between Britain and its huge former colony worth over £1 billion in areas including software engineering and health.

He also aims to coax India away from Russia in response to the invasion of Ukraine. Johnson’s spokesman, Max Blain, maintained that Britain wants to “provide alternative options for defense procurement and energy for India to diversify its supply chains away from Russia” without lecturing the government “on what course of action was best for them.”

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    “It is an immense privilege to come to the Ashram of this extraordinary man, and to understand how he mobilised such simple principles of truth and non-violence to change the world for the better," read the message by UK PM Boris Johnson at Gandhi Ashram, Sabarmati, Ahmedabad.

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    Johnson visited Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram on Thursday morning. He was accompanied by the Gujarat chief minister and was presented with a copy of 'The Spirit's Pilgrimage' written by Madeleine Slade (or Mirabehn), who was a British supporter of Indian independence and a disciple of Mahatma Gandhi.

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    'Guide to London', one of the first few books written by Mahatma Gandhi which never got published will also be gifted to UK PM Boris Johnson by Sabarmati ashram. Read more

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  • Apr 21, 2022 10:06 AM IST

    Autobiography of Mirabehn to be gifted to Johnson during visit to Sabarmati Ashram

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    'The Spirit's Pilgrimage' – the autobiography of Madeleine Slade or Mirabehn, who became the Mahatma Gandhi's disciple, will be gifted to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson by Sabarmati Ashram during his visit there.

  • Apr 21, 2022 09:48 AM IST

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    Johnson's visit (delayed because of Covid) comes after the prime minister issued a 'wholehearted' apology for attending an illegal party during the Covid-19 lockdown in his country. He said he did not knowingly break rules or mislead the British parliament, claiming 'it did not occur to me' that the gathering at his official residence in London was a party. Read full story

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  • Apr 21, 2022 09:41 AM IST

    Day 1 agenda: Focus on science, health and technology

    Johnson will spend day 1 in Gujarat, where he is expected to announce investments and new collaborations in science, health and technology. The UK has said this will be the first time a British prime minister has visited the sprawling coastal state famed for its spirit of entrepreneurship and the ancestral home to about half of the British-Indian population.

  • Apr 21, 2022 09:39 AM IST

    UK PM signals visa flexibility with India

    Ahead of his visit, Johnson signalled he is ready to offer more visas to India in return for a free-trade deal after Britain's exit from the European Union, Reuters reported. "I have always been in favour of talented people coming to this country," the UK prime minister said. "We are short to the tune of hundreds of thousands of people in our economy. We need to have a progressive approach and we will."

  • Apr 21, 2022 09:38 AM IST

    Boris Johnson to hear India's stand on Ukraine conflict, not give lecture

    The Ukraine crisis will figure in British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s engagements during his two-day visit though the focus will be on keeping the Indo-Pacific free from coercion and giving a push to a bilateral free trade pact. Read more

  • Apr 21, 2022 09:25 AM IST

    Boris Johnson lands in Ahmedabad

    UK PM Boris Johnson
    UK PM Boris Johnson

    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He is on a 2-day visit to India. He was welcomed by Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel at Ahmedabad airport.

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