UK Prime Minister Johnson was earlier scheduled to visit India as the Chief Guest for the 2021 Republic Day celebrations on January 26.
- PM Modi in his address at the COP26 Summit announced that India plans to shift half its energy consumption from renewables by 2030
- Prime Minister Modi has also made a commitment for India to become net zero by 2070
Glasgow/ New Delhi: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has accepted PM Narendra Modi invitation to visit India months after canceling his visit to New Delhi owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Johnson was earlier scheduled to visit India as the Chief Guest for the 2021 Republic Day celebrations on January 26.
However, he has now said that he will plan his visit as soon as circumstances permit.
“PM Modi reiterated his invitation to UK PM Boris Johnson to visit India… There was also a discussion on regional, global issues including Afghanistan, counter terrorism, Indo-Pacific, supply chain resilience in post COVID global economic recovery,” Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said late on Monday.
PM Modi in his bilateral meeting with Johnson on the sidelines of the COP26 World Leaders’ Summit in Glasgow also congratulated him for successfully hosting the Summit and “complimented him for championing global action on climate change”.
He reiterated India’s commitment to work closely with the United Kingdom on matters such as climate finance, technology, innovation and adaptation of green hydrogen, renewables and clean technologies, including joint initiatives under International Solar Alliance (ISA) and Coalition of Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).
“The two Prime Ministers reviewed the implementation of the ‘Roadmap 2030’ priorities particularly in trade and economy, people-to-people, health, defence, and security areas. They expressed satisfaction at the progress in delivering the enhanced trade partnership, including steps taken towards the launch of free trade agreement negotiations,” Shringla further said.
Johnson assured that the UK will work with India to make “even more progress”, including through the Clean Green Initiative, as discussed at the COP26 Summit.