Boris Johnson travels to New Delhi and Kolkata during his first official India visit as FS

Boris Johnson India Visit: UK Foreign Secretary discusses trade ties and border security with Modi

India News Bulletin Desk

Boris Johnson has completed his 2-day debut visit to India as Foreign Secretary. On 18th and 19th, Johnson visited capital New Delhi and Kolkata and met PM Narendra Modi to discuss trade ties and challenges around national security.

Boris Johnson meets Narendra Modi during his first visit to India as Foreign Secretary
Boris Johnson meets Narendra Modi during his first visit to India as Foreign Secretary

Boris Johnson spoke about the UK’s vision for a Global Britain and a stronger, closer relationship with India. He held talks with Indian ministers, including Finance Minister Jaitley and Minister for External Affairs MJ Akbar, to continue working towards the ambitious partnership that Prime Ministers Theresa May and Narendra Modi committed to during her visit in November 2016.

During his India visit, Boris Johnson also met young Indian entrepreneurs and civil society leaders, as well as hosted a breakfast for British and Indian business representatives and investors in Delhi.

The UK Foreign Secretary then travelled to Kolkata where met CM Mamata Banerjee and representatives of the Cricket Association of Bengal. He also attended a debating competition featuring teams from Cambridge University and the London School of Economics marking the bicentenary of Presidency University.

“It’s a tremendous pleasure to be back in India, a wonderful, beautiful and thriving country,” Johnson said. “As two modern, diverse democracies, the UK and India are natural partners and we are committed to working together to promote our people’s prosperity, improve global security and tackle the challenges that both our countries face today.”

“As well as a trade relationship worth £16bn, Indian companies have already created more than 100,000 jobs in the UK and sent 160,000 of the brightest and best students to our world class universities over the last 10 years.”

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