Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be the chief guest at India’s annual Republic Day Parade in January 2021, the United Kingdom has confirmed. Visiting UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed that PM Johnson has accepted India’s invite to be the chief guest at the Republic Day Parade subsequent month, throughout talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in New Delhi.
According to experiences, The invite was prolonged through the telephonic dialog that passed off between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Johnson on November 27. During the identical name, the UK PM had invited PM Modi to attend the G-7 Summit in Britain subsequent yr.
“I’m pleased that PM Boris Johnson has invited PM Modi to join the UK-hosted G7 summit next year. UK PM Johnson has also accepted the very generous invitation to attend India’s Republic Day celebrations in January, which is a great honour,” UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab mentioned.
I’m happy that PM Boris Johnson has invited PM Modi to be part of the UK-hosted G7 summit subsequent yr. UK PM Johnson has additionally accepted the very beneficiant invitation to attend India’s Republic Day celebrations in January, which is a good honour: UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab https://t.co/GS1YTD0FeW pic.twitter.com/VPW7JsQrnQ
— ANI (@ANI) December 15, 2020
Johnson will be the primary British PM to grace the Rajpath parade in 27 years. The final UK premier to be the chief guest at the January 26 parade was John Major in 1993.
India and the UK are trying to recast bilateral ties given Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) subsequent yr. The UK is looking for a commerce and funding settlement with India that may assist it forge an financial partnership with Asia’s third-largest financial system and cushion it from the seemingly inevitable prospect of a tough “Brexit” or severance of ties from the EU. The EU now accounts for 47% of UK’s total trade.
Earlier last month, India held a virtual dialogue to review the progress towards a post-Brexit Enhanced Trade Partnership with Britain, which could lead to a free trade agreement in the future. During the talks, both sides agreed to accelerate the “deepening” of trade ties, which involved a discussion on a range of UK products, including Scotch Whiskey, and steps taken so far to unlock market access barriers to open up further opportunities for businesses on both sides.