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UK PM Boris Johnson To Be India’s R-Day Chief Guest

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has formally invited UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to be the chief visitor for the Republic Day celebrations on January 26, 2021.

The invitation was prolonged by Modi to Johnson throughout their telephone dialog on November 27, sources stated. It’s after a spot of 27 years {that a} UK Prime Minister would be the chief visitor at India’s 70th Republic Day subsequent month. John Main was the final British Prime Minister to attend the Republic Day parade in New Delhi in 1993.

The federal government is but to substantiate Johnson’s go to. Nonetheless, Prime Minister Modi hinted in a tweet on November 27 that India-UK are embarking on an formidable partnership. “We agreed to work towards a quantum leap in our cooperation in all areas – trade and investments, defence and security, climate change and fighting Covid-19,” Modi had tweeted.

The invitation from Modi is tactical and well timed because the transition interval for Brexit ends on December 31 and it’s nearly sure that the UK will go for a ‘hard Brexit’ – a clear break from Europe which is able to entail Britain giving up membership of the EU’s single market, permitting it to to commerce freely with EU members with out restrictions.

The laborious Brexit is prone to disrupt UK’s economic system, which even after 4 years of the Brexit vote, is for many sensible functions nonetheless functioning as a part of the EU. To cut back the antagonistic results of the financial disruption, the UK has been on the lookout for buying and selling alternatives elsewhere. Prime Minister Johnson has provided a free commerce settlement with India, given its large market.

Johnson’s go to to New Delhi subsequent month might be vital for commerce negotiations between the 2 international locations.


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