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Boris Johnson India Visit: PM Modi, Boris Johnson Discuss New Areas Of Cooperation

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's two-day visit to India from today is expected to give a fresh push to the proposed free trade agreement, boost cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and enhance defence ties. Reports say he will not lecture New Delhi on how to respond to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. A major focus of Johnson's talks with PM Modi will be on the situation in the Indo-Pacific.

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22:05 IST, April 22nd 2022
'Productive & Wide-ranging Talks With Boris Johnson,' Asserts PM Modi After Meeting UK PM

On April 22, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Delhi and stated that the talks between the leaders were wide-ranging and productive. Taking to Twitter, PM Modi informed that both leaders discussed the India-UK friendship, as well as new areas of cooperation in sectors like trade, commerce, defence, etc. There were also deliberations over the benefit of youth and start-ups. Read Full Story.

20:56 IST, April 22nd 2022
PM Modi, Johnson take stock of ground covered in India-UK friendship; discuss new areas of cooperation

"My talks with PM Boris Johnson were wide-ranging and productive. We took stock of the ground covered in the India-UK friendship and also discussed new areas of cooperation. Sectors such as trade, commerce, defence and clean energy figured prominently in our discussions," PM Modi tweeted.


20:11 IST, April 22nd 2022
India has constitutional protections for communities, says Boris Johnson

India is a great democracy and has constitutional protections for the communities, said UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the concerns of human rights groups.

While responding to whether India discussed the human rights groups' concerns where Prime Minister Modi has presided over growing cultural Hindu nationalism in India, Johnson said, "On our relations with India and how we deal with the question about human rights group, Of course, we have these conversations (on human rights or democratic values). The advantage of our friendship is that we can have them in a friendly way. It's very important to realise that India has constitutional protections for communities."

18:24 IST, April 22nd 2022
British PM Boris Johnson calls to deepen India-UK cooperation to counter threat of autocratic coercion in Indo-Pacific region

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday emphasized on deepening India-Britain cooperation considering the shared interest in keeping the Indo-Pacific region free and open, particularly in the face of growing threats of autocratic coercion.

"We're taking forward an ambitious ten-year roadmap for British-Indian relations that we agreed on last year, it was great to see you (PM Modi) at the G-7," Johnson said while delivering a joint statement after holding talks with PM Modi here at Hyderabad House.

17:47 IST, April 22nd 2022
SII CEO Adar Poonawalla reaches British High Commission residence to meet PM Boris Johnson

Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla reached the British High Commission residence in Delhi to meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

17:31 IST, April 22nd 2022
We don't tolerate extremist groups operating in UK, targeting other countries: UK PM

The UK does not tolerate extremist groups operating in the country and targeting other nations, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday on India's concerns over Khalistani elements there.

Addressing a press conference after his talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in the day, Johnson said there is so much potential to take the bilateral partnership to a whole new level.

16:51 IST, April 22nd 2022
India is a great democracy, says British PM Boris Johnson

India is a very different country from autocracies around the world. It's a great democracy. It's a stunning, shining fact that 1.35 billion people live under a democracy. That is something we should celebrate as it offers us an opportunity for closer cooperation and partnership: UK PM Boris Johnson

16:25 IST, April 22nd 2022
PM Modi & I have told negotiators to conclude FTA by Diwali: UK PM

PM Narendra Modi and I have told our negotiators to conclude the Free Trade Agreement by Diwali, says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in New Delhi.

16:12 IST, April 22nd 2022
2 G2G MoUs & 4 non-governmental MoUs exchanged during UK PM's India visit

A total of two G2G MoUs & four non-governmental MoUs were exchanged during the official visit of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to India: Ministry of External Affairs

15:37 IST, April 22nd 2022
Both leaders discussed wide range of issues, trade, and jobs opportunities: Foreign Secy Harsh Vardhan

This is the first visit of Boris Johnson in his capacity as the PM to India. Both the leaders discussed a wide range of issues, trade, and jobs opportunities. Cyber security, Artificial Intelligence, space, and other technologies were also discussed: Foreign Secy Harsh Vardhan

15:27 IST, April 22nd 2022
PM Modi & UK PM Johnson held discussions on ongoing FTA negotiations: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan

During the bilateral talks, PM Modi & UK PM Boris Johnson held discussions on the ongoing FTA negotiations. Both sides agreed to the corporation on energy, green hydrogen, trade, defense: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan on UK PM Boris Johnson

14:49 IST, April 22nd 2022
Optimistic about depth of friendship: Boris Johnson

Taking to Twitter, UK PM Boris Johnson said, "As India celebrates its 75th year of independence, I’m hugely optimistic about the depth of the friendship between our countries, and the security and prosperity it can deliver for our peoples for generations to come."


14:30 IST, April 22nd 2022
Felt a bit like Sachin Tendulkar: UK PM

Referring to PM Modi as a khaas dost (special friend), Boris Johnson commenced his statement by arguing the need for India and UK to come together in such turbulent times. Moreover, he noted that both countries will work on tackling threats across land, sea, air, space and cyber and collaborate on the new fighter jet and maritime technologies. Highlighting that he had taken the jab of an Indian vaccine, he appreciated India's COVID-19 inoculation drive. According to him, the FTA would help in lowering tariffs on specific products, double the investments and trade and create thousands of new jobs in both countries. 

The UK PM stated, "I became the first Conservative PM to visit Gujarat which is your birthplace of course and the ancestral home of about half of all the British Indians and I had an amazing reception. I felt a bit like Sachin Tendulkar. My face was ubiquitous everywhere as Amitabh Bachchan. It was fantastic. This morning, we had wonderful talks which strengthened our relationship in every way. In challenging times, it is very important that we- the special friends get together."

14:03 IST, April 22nd 2022
PM Modi & Boris Johnson keen to sign FTA

After holding talks in Delhi on Friday, PM Modi and his UK counterpart Boris Johnson agreed on enhancing the bilateral partnership between the two countries. Addressing a joint press conference, PM Modi mentioned that they had reviewed the Roadmap 2030 and also decided to make all possible efforts to sign the Free Trade Agreement by the year-end. Welcoming the investments from the UK, he lauded the contribution of Indian-origin people who have settled there. They also committed to boosting the defence and energy ties. On this occasion, the PM also invited the UK to join National Hydrogen Mission. 

PM Modi said, "We also discussed regional and global developments. We stressed having a free, open & rule-based Indo-pacific region. India welcomes the UK's decision to join the Indo-Pacific Oceans initiative. In Ukraine, we stressed the immediate cessation of war dialogue and diplomacy for resolving the issue. We reiterated the importance of respecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all countries. We reiterated our support for a peaceful, stable and secure Afghanistan and an inclusive and representative government. It is imperative that the soil of Afghanistan shouldn't be used to spread terror in other countries."


12:56 IST, April 22nd 2022
Visuals from the bilateral talks


11:55 IST, April 22nd 2022
Delegation-level talks underway

The delegation-level talks between the UK and India are underway at present. 


11:32 IST, April 22nd 2022
PM Modi-Boris Johnson talks begin

The talks between PM Modi and UK PM Boris Johnson commenced at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi.


11:16 IST, April 22nd 2022
Jaishankar calls on Boris Johnson

After meeting UK PM Boris Johnson, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said, "Delighted to call on UK PM Boris Johnson during his India visit. Discussed our expanding partnership and implementing the India-UK Roadmap 2030."


10:10 IST, April 22nd 2022
PM Modi looking forward to discussions with Johnson

Responding to his UK counterpart's tweet, PM Modi said, "Wonderful to see you, my friend PM Boris Johnson in India on a long-awaited visit. Look forward to our discussions today." 


09:40 IST, April 22nd 2022
UK PM pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi

UK PM Boris Johnson laid a wreath at Raj Ghat and paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.


09:25 IST, April 22nd 2022
Pleasure to be in Delhi: Boris Johnson

Speaking to the media after the ceremonial reception, UK PM Boris Johnson stated, "I just want to say what a pleasure it is to be here in Delhi this morning with my friend PM Modi. Thank you for the fantastic welcome that you have given us. This is a very auspicious moment in this relationship and a friendship between two democracies- the world's largest democracy- India and the UK-one of the world's oldest democracies"

He added, "I don't think things have ever been so strong or good between us as they are now. So, thank you for the wonderful reception you have given us and I was amazed particularly by the people of Gujarat, I mean they put on the most fantastic welcome for us yesterday." 


09:15 IST, April 22nd 2022
Boris Johnson receives guard of honour

UK PM Boris Johnson received a guard of honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Later, PM Modi introduced him to the dignitaries.


09:11 IST, April 22nd 2022
UK PM attends ceremonial reception

UK PM Boris Johnson attended the ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. He was received by PM Modi and given a guard of honour. 


07:57 IST, April 22nd 2022
Johnson looks forward to meeting PM Modi

Taking to Twitter, UK PM Boris Johnson said, Looking forward to meeting with my friend Narendra Modi 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." 


07:14 IST, April 22nd 2022
UK PM weighs in on India-Russia ties

Speaking to the media on Thursday, UK PM Boris Johnson refused to criticise India over its stance on Russia's invasion of Ukraine. He opined, "They have already raised Ukraine, as you can imagine with Prime Minister Modi. If you look at what the Indians have said, they were very strong in their condemnation of the atrocities in Bucha. As I think everybody understands, India and Russia have historically very different a relationship, perhaps, than Russia and the UK have had over the last couple of decades. We have to reflect on that reality, but clearly, I'll be talking about it to Narendra Modi". 


06:49 IST, April 22nd 2022
Boris Johnson reflects on day 1 of India visit

Reflecting on day 1 of his India visit, UK PM Boris Johnson expressed his pleasure to be in Gujarat on Thursday to see the fruits of the incredible partnership between the UK and India. He revealed, "We have confirmed more than £1 billion in new investments between our two great countries, creating almost 11,000 new jobs in the UK". 


23:43 IST, April 21st 2022
Union Minister Rajeev Chandrashekhar receives UK PM in Delhi

Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar received British PM Boris Johnson at Delhi airport. Johnson is currently on a 2-day visit to India. He will meet PM Narendra Modi in the Indian capital city along with other leaders.


18:18 IST, April 21st 2022
UK PM Boris Johnson with Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel in JCB factory at Halol GIDC

Some images of UK PM Boris Johnson with Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel in JCB factory at Halol GIDC, Panchmahal, Gujarat


17:54 IST, April 21st 2022
UK PM Boris Johnson at Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar

UK PM Boris Johnson at Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar, Gujarat 


16:24 IST, April 21st 2022
UK PM Boris Johnson and Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel attend a program at Gujarat Biotechnology University in Gandhinagar GIFT City

UK PM Boris Johnson and Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel attend a program at Gujarat Biotechnology University in Gandhinagar GIFT City.