During the Group of 20 summits in Bali, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with his British counterpart Rishi Sunak and discussed ways to boost bilateral trade.
Modi met Sunak, of Indian descent, for the first time since he became British Prime Minister in October.
A statement from Sunak’s office earlier on Wednesday indicated that Britain was negotiating with India regarding a trade deal, which, if agreed, would be the first of its kind between India and a European country.
In a statement, Sunak’s office stated that he looked forward to the conclusion of the UK-India free trade agreement, which has the potential to unlock investments, increase jobs, and foster deeper cultural ties between the two countries.
According to Prime Minister Modi, a strong relationship with the United Kingdom is of great importance to India.
After the meeting, Modi stated that they discussed ways to increase commercial ties, expand the scope of security cooperation within the context of India’s defence reforms, and strengthen people-to-people ties.
The First G20 summit since Russia’s February invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow describes as a “special military operation”, took place on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
Upon Indonesia’s departure, India will hold the G20 presidency for a year beginning on December 1.
During his visit, Prime Minister Modi met with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, French President Emmanuel Macron, as well as
Several leaders were in attendance at Wednesday’s summit, including German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
An official statement from India’s foreign ministry stated that Modi and Albanese discussed the progress made by the two countries in the fields of defence, trade, education, and clean energy during their meeting.