Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson virtual summit is scheduled for today i.e. Tuesday. The Ministry of External Affairs said that the virtual summit is replacement of in-person meet of both the countries respective.
The summit is considered an important opportunity to elevate multi-faceted strategic ties and enhance cooperation on regional and global issues of mutual interest. MEA stated “Both leaders will also discuss COVID-19 cooperation and the global efforts to fight the pandemic.” During this meet a comprehensive roadmap 2030 will also be launched which according to MEA, will pave the way for further expanding and deepening India-UK cooperation over the next decade. The expansion will be across five key areas, namely people-to-people relationship, trade and prosperity, defence and security, climate action and healthcare. This is to be noted that Johnson’s visit to India was earlier scheduled for April 26 was cancelled due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country. The UK PM’s visit was cancelled in January as well when he was invited as the Chief Guest for the Republic Day celebrations. But the reason to be specified is that it was due to the national lockdown in the UK. It would have been his first visit abroad since the UK left the European Union.
Earlier on Monday, Jaishankar also participated in the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting in London. India is attending the G7 summit as an invited guest country.