Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson virtual summit is scheduled for today i.e. Tuesday. The Ministry of External Affairs said that the virtual summit is a replacement for the in-person meat of the two countries concerned.
The summit is seen as an important opportunity to enhance multidisciplinary strategic relations and enhance cooperation on regional and global issues of mutual interest. The MEA said “the two leaders will also discuss COVID-19 cooperation and global efforts to fight the epidemic.” A comprehensive roadmap 2030 will also be launched during this meeting which according to MEA will pave the way to further expand and deepen Indo-UK cooperation over the next decade. This expansion will take place in five major areas, namely, people-to-people relations, trade and prosperity, defense and security, climate action and healthcare. It should be noted that Johnson’s visit to India, previously scheduled for 26 April, was canceled due to the current COVID-19 status in the country. The UK PM’s visit was canceled when he was invited as the chief guest for the Republic Day celebrations in January. But the reason for being specified is that it was due to a national lockdown in the UK. This will be his first overseas trip since Britain left the European Union.
Earlier on Monday, Jaishankar also attended the G7 Foreign Ministers’ meeting in London. India is participating in the G7 Summit as an invited guest country.