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New Delhi UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to visit New Delhi next week to discuss Ukraine conflict, Indo-Pacific and trade deals on the cards. Johnson’s last two trips were canceled due to Kovid-19. The official announcement of the visit is yet to be made by the Ministry of External Affairs.

According to sources, the primary focus of their meeting will be on strengthening bilateral ties in the backdrop of India-UK Free Trade Agreement talks. Although there is no official confirmation yet, a personal meeting was discussed during a phone call between Johnson and Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month.

At that time there was a detailed discussion between the two leaders on the situation in Ukraine. Prime Minister Modi reiterated India’s persistent appeal to end hostilities and return to the path of dialogue and diplomacy. He emphasized India’s belief in international law and the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all states as the basis of the contemporary world order.

The two leaders also discussed issues of bilateral interest and agreed on the potential to further deepen cooperation in various fields, including trade, technology, investment, defense and security, and people-to-people relations. Prime Minister Modi expressed satisfaction at the positive momentum in the ongoing negotiations on the Bilateral Free Trade Agreement. He also appreciated the progress made in implementing the ‘India-UK Roadmap 2030’ adopted during the virtual summit between the two leaders last year.

The two leaders last met in person on the sidelines of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November last year, when their bilateral talks on the sidelines of the India-UK climate partnership as well as a review of the 2030 roadmap during the world leaders’ summit was focused. They were signed during a virtual summit in May 2021. The roadmap, which aims to boost bilateral trade between India and the UK by 2030, is part of Britain’s so-called Indo-Pacific foreign policy orientation.

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