British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Indian Prime Minister Naremon Modi hold a video conference on May 4, local time.
After the talks, the British government and the Indian Foreign Ministry issued separate statements saying that the two sides agreed to enhance cooperation in various fields. India has elevated the relationship between Britain and India to a comprehensive strategic partnership.
The leaders of the two countries reached a “road map for 2030” for future relations, which includes strengthening cooperation in the fields of humanities, economy and trade, national defense security, health, climate change, education, science and technology. On the economic front, the two sides will further strengthen ties and strengthen their determination to reach a free trade agreement, doubling the volume of trade between the two countries in the next decade.
On the same day, the Indian Foreign Ministry said in a separate statement that during the video talks between the two leaders, India and Britain signed nine memorandums of understanding on cooperation agreements in various fields, including economy and trade, technology, telecommunications, energy security and medicine.
On the eve of the video meeting, India and Britain also reached a new business and investment agreement worth up to 1 billion pounds covering areas such as health, technology and support for low-carbon growth, which is expected to create 6,500 jobs in the UK and boost trade between the two countries, according to Indian media.