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UK's Johnson meets PM in Delhi, says India-UK ties 'have never been as strong'

Apr 22, 2022 08:50 AM IST

The Ukraine war is likely to be discussed as PM Modi and Boris Johnson meet in New Delhi. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday morning received the United Kingdom’s Boris Johnson at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi as the British PM kicked off the second day of his India visit. Johnson thanked India for the warm welcome in a brief address. "Thank you for the fantastic welcome...I don't think things have ever been as strong or as good between us (India-UK) as they are now," he said.

Boris Johnson visit day 2: PM Modi recieves the UK PM at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi. (photo tweeted by MEA) (Twitter)
Boris Johnson visit day 2: PM Modi recieves the UK PM at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi. (photo tweeted by MEA) (Twitter)

Visuals shared by news agency ANI showed PM Modi receiving his UK counterpart. Foreign minister S Jaishankar was also in attendance.

Johnson was in PM Modi’s home state of Gujarat on day 1 and became the first British prime minister to visit Mahatma Gandhi’s iconic Sabarmati Ashram. In a tweet, ahead of the start of the second day, the 57-year-old world leader wrote: “Looking forward to meeting with my friend @NarendraModi today in New Delhi. From climate change to energy security to defence, the partnership of our democracies is vital as the world faces growing threats from autocratic states. (sic)”.

The Ukraine war is expected to come up for a discussion between the two leaders later on Friday.

Johnson had recently gone to Ukraine and met the country’s president Volodymyr Zelensky in the capital city of Kyiv. The UK has been repeatedly calling on Russia to end the violence.

Hours after kicking off the India visit, confirming a 1 billion pound deal, the UK PM in a late-night tweet on Thursday shared the experience of being in Gujarat: “It’s been a real pleasure to be in Gujarat today to see the fruits of the incredible partnership between the UK and our friends in India. Today we have confirmed more than £1 billion in new investments between our two great countries, creating almost 11,000 new jobs in the UK.”

In a message at the Gandhi Ashram, he earlier in the day wrote: “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". He also visited a new factory and met business tycoon Gautam Adani.

“I was honoured to follow in the footsteps of millions in visiting the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad today. As the world faces renewed conflict, Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings remind us of the power of peace in changing the course of history,” one of his tweets read.

Johnson is also likely to meet foreign minister S Jaishankar in Delhi on Friday.

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