PM Modi speaks to UK PM Rishi Sunak, discusses free trade deal | India News - News Beasts

PM Modi speaks to UK PM Rishi Sunak, discusses free trade deal | India News


NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to UK PM Rishi Sunak on Thursday and conveyed his hope that the two nations could continue to make further progress towards a balanced trade deal.
This was their first conversation since Indian-origin Sunak took charge as British prime minister on Tuesday.

“Glad to speak to Rishi Sunak today. Congratulated him on assuming charge as UK PM. We will work together to further strengthen our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. We also agreed on the importance of early conclusion of a comprehensive and balanced FTA,” tweeted PM Modi.

India and Britain launched negotiations for the free-trade agreement (FTA) in January with an aim to conclude talks by Diwali but the deadline was missed due to a lack of consensus on issues.
Sunak, in his previous role as Chancellor of the Exchequer, had expressed support for the FTA as he saw enormous opportunities for both countries in the fintech and insurance sectors.

Moments after PM Modi’s tweet, the UK PM replied: “Thank you Prime Minister Narendra Modi for your kind words as I get started in my new role. The UK and India share so much. I’m excited about what our two great democracies can achieve as we deepen our security, defence and economic partnership in the and years ahead.”

Britain’s foreign secretary James Cleverly is also coming to India on Friday to hold talks with external affairs minister S Jaishankar. The two will discuss strengthening diplomatic ties, Britain’s Foreign Office said.
(With inputs from agencies)





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