Modi and Sunak also agreed to deepen cooperation in a range of areas, including trade, investment, science and technology, and higher education.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Rishi Sunak on Sunday reviewed the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries and took stock of progress in negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA).
Sunak was among the world leaders with whom Modi held meetings on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Hiroshima. The two leaders also discussed India’s G20 presidency, and Modi said he looked forward to welcoming Sunak to the G20 Summit in New Delhi in September. Sunak committed his “strong support” for the G20 presidency, which he said comes at a “crucial time for global security and prosperity”.
A statement from the external affairs ministry said, “The two leaders reviewed their Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, including taking stock of progress in India-UK FTA negotiations.”
According to a readout from the UK Prime Minister’s Office, the two leaders “agreed that their teams would continue to work at pace to finalise an ambitious and mutually beneficial” trade deal.
Modi and Sunak also agreed to deepen cooperation in a range of areas, including trade, investment, science and technology, higher education, and people-to-people relations.