Rishi Sunak's tweet in Hindi after meeting PM Modi at G20 Summit
Rishi Sunak had also expressed his optimism about a trade deal with India. Sunak's office said Britain was negotiating a trade deal with India, which if agreed would be the first of its kind New Delhi would have made with a European country.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday shared a picture of him with his Indian counterpart Narendra after their first meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Indonesia's Bali. Interestingly, Sunak, an Indian-origin politician, chose to give the caption in Hindi: "Ek mazboot dosti."
"United by friendship," wrote Sunak, followed by a tweet in Hindi.
Sunak had also expressed his optimism about a trade deal with India. Sunak's office said Britain was negotiating a trade deal with India, which if agreed would be the first of its kind New Delhi would have made with a European country.
"They looked forward to the agreement of a UK-India free trade deal, which has the potential to unlock investment and increase jobs in both our countries, as well as expanding our deep cultural links," Sunak's office said in a statement.
"We discussed ways to increase commercial linkages, raise the scope of security cooperation in the context of India's defence reforms and make people-to-people ties even stronger," Modi tweeted after the meeting.
Both India and Britain launched negotiations for the free-trade agreement (FTA) in January with an aim to conclude talks by October 24, but the deadline was missed due to a political crisis in the UK, reported Live Mint. The bilateral trade between India and Britain increased to $17.5 billion in 2021-22 compared to $13.2 billion in 2020-21. India's exports stood at $10.5 billion in 2021-22, while imports were $7 billion.