Narendra Modi felicitated Rishi Sunak, says : ''We shall work together to strengthen partnership...''

Indian Prime minister Modi said that both will work together to further strengthen the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership...
Narendra Modi felicitated Rishi Sunak, says : ''We shall work together to strengthen partnership...''

India and Britain had begun talks on a free trade agreement in January and wanted to conclude them before Diwali, but failed to meet that deadline because of a lack of consensus on the issues.

Newly elected British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak thanked his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for congratulating him on his new role. What can two great democracies achieve, he said. He is excited that we will continue to strengthen our security, defense and economic ties. Prime Minister Modi spoke to his British counterpart Sunak on the phone Thursday and congratulated him on taking office.

Modi tweeted, "Very happy to talk to Rishi Sunak today. I congratulated him on becoming the Prime Minister of Britain. We will further strengthen our global strategic partnership. We will work together to further strengthen our global strategic partnership. We also agreed on the importance of quickly finalizing a comprehensive and balanced free trade agreement.

Afterwards, Sunak said, "I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for congratulating me on taking office. Britain and India have much in common. I am excited about what our two great democracies can achieve by further strengthening our security, defence and economic partnership in the months and years ahead," said Rishi Sunak on Tuesday, Britain's first Indian-origin prime minister. He was elected unopposed as leader of the Conservative Party on Diwali Day.

Rishi Sunak's tweet

Former British finance minister Rishi Sunak is a Hindu and is Britain's youngest prime minister in the last 210 years. The telephone talks between the two leaders took place just one day before British Secretary of State James Cleverley's visit to India. Mr. Cleverly will be visiting India as from this Friday. He will pay his respects to those who lost their lives in the 2008 terrorist attack at the Taj Palace Hotel in Mumbai on Friday. On Saturday, he will travel to New Delhi where he will attend a special meeting of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee (UNSC-CCT).

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar may hold talks with his British counterpart on the sidelines of the meeting. Mr. Cleverly said, "Our relationship with India is very important to me. As the world's largest democracy, India is a natural partner for Britain in the Indo-Pacific region. It is an economic and technical force. Our close ties will boost both our economies and help us meet the challenges of global security.

Congratulations from Prime Minister Modi

On Monday, Prime Minister Modi congratulated Sunak on his election as Prime Minister of Britain and said he looks forward to working together on global issues and implementing the 2030 Roadmap. Modi said in a tweet, "Heartfelt congratulations to Rishi Sunak! As you are about to become the Prime Minister of the UK, I look forward to working together on global issues and implementing the Roadmap 2030. Special Diwali greetings to the vibrant British Indian bridge. We have transformed historic ties into modern partnerships.

India and Britain began talks on a free trade agreement in January and aimed to conclude the discussions before Diwali, but missed the deadline due to a lack of consensus on the issues. The India-UK free trade agreement is likely to gain momentum with Sunak's arrival at the Prime Minister's official residence at 10 Downing Street. Experts say political stability in the U.K. will now help speed up negotiations on the agreement, which could potentially double bilateral trade by 2030.

Narendra Modi felicitated Rishi Sunak, says : ''We shall work together to strengthen partnership...''

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