Boris Johnson is ready to embark on a much-delayed journey to India, the place he’ll deal with defence and commerce.
The prime minister will meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New Delhi with the intention of deepening the safety partnership between the 2 international locations.
The go to to India’s capital on Friday will observe a visit to Ahmedabad in Gujarat – believed to be the primary time a first-rate minister has visited India’s fifth-largest state, which the federal government says was the ancestral dwelling to round half of the British-Indian inhabitants within the UK.
Throughout his go to to Gujarat on Thursday, Mr Johnson will meet enterprise leaders and deal with commerce.
The PM had been on account of go to India on his first main journey after he was elected in 2019, nevertheless it was repeatedly delayed on account of Covid-19.
Forward of his go to this week, the prime minister mentioned: “As we face threats to our peace and prosperity from autocratic states, it’s critical that democracies and associates stick collectively. India, as a serious financial energy and the world’s largest democracy, is a extremely valued strategic associate for the UK in these unsure instances.
“My go to to India will ship on the issues that actually matter to the individuals of each our nations – from job creation and financial progress to vitality safety and defence.”
In Gujarat, Mr Johnson is anticipated to announce main funding in key industries in each the UK and India, in addition to new collaboration on science, well being and know-how.
The PM can be anticipated to make use of the journey to push ahead commerce negotiations launched earlier this yr.