UK PM Boris Johnson schedules to visit India towards month-end

UK: Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is set to visit India before the end of the month, as per official sources, The visit to India at the end of this month to focus on enhancing bilateral ties in the context of the current India-UK Free Trade Agreement discussions.

Johnson was forced to cancel planned visits to India twice last year owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, so the visit, which is slated around April 22, is long delayed.

While Downing Street has yet to confirm any arrangements, Johnson and Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed an in-person meeting during a phone chat last month. The leaders praised the strong and prosperous relationship between India and the United Kingdom and vowed to continue to strengthen trade, security, and business connections in the coming weeks and months. In a transcript of the call on March 22, a Downing Street official said they were looking forward to meeting in person as soon as possible.

sources said last week that Johnson was "quite keen" to visit India for talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, though solid preparations have yet to be finalised. The two leaders last met in person in November last year on the sidelines of the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, where their bilateral talks during the World Leaders' Summit focused on the India-UK climate partnership as well as a review of the 2030 Roadmap, which they had signed during a virtual summit in May 2021.

The Roadmap is part of Britain's so-called Indo-Pacific foreign policy thrust, which intends to increase bilateral trade between India and the UK by 2030.

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