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Johnson dubs UK and India partnership ‘vital’ ahead of meeting with Modi

Boris Johnson has known as partnership between the UK and India “vital”, ahead of a meeting with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Friday.

The Prime Minister will talk about defence and safety collaboration throughout land, sea, air, house and cyber, and will even use the meeting to press for a loosening of ties with Moscow, amid issues about India’s neutrality on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its dependence on Russian fossil fuels.

Ahead of the meeting, Mr Johnson wrote on Twitter: “Looking forward to meeting with my friend @narendramodi today in New Delhi.

“From climate change to energy security to defence, the partnership of our democracies is vital as the world faces growing threats from autocratic states.”

Mr Johnson on Thursday dedicated to supporting India to build fighter jets in a bid to scale back the quantity of arms the nation buys from Russia.

Downing Street stated the UK would provide the “best of British knowhow” to assist constructing “new Indian-designed and built fighter jets”, however additional particulars have been unclear.

Britain will even concern an open common export licence to India, which No 10 stated would velocity up its defence procurement in a transfer that could be a first outdoors the European Union or US.

Mr Johnson stated: “The world faces growing threats from autocratic states which seek to undermine democracy, choke off free and fair trade and trample on sovereignty.

“The UK’s partnership with India is a beacon in these stormy seas.

“Our collaboration on the issues that matter to both our countries, from climate change to energy security and defence, is of vital importance as we look to the future.”

India has declined to be essential of its former Cold War ally Russia and has abstained from voting in United Nations resolutions condemning Moscow.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson arriving at Delhi Airport, as half of his two day journey to India (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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As the West divests from Russian gasoline, India has upped its purchases of Moscow’s oil and has been a significant purchaser of the Kremlin’s arms.

Mr Johnson’s two-day go to to India comes as his home political drama over partygate deepened additional with new Tory requires his resignation.

He hopes to drive ahead work on a post-Brexit free commerce deal with India throughout talks with Mr Modi, having stated he desires an settlement carried out “by the autumn”.

Mr Johnson was open to the likelihood of accepting Delhi’s calls for for extra immigration to the UK, saying the UK is brief of “hundreds of thousands” of IT employees.

But the PM was going through renewed calls in India to talk up for minorities and democratic rights as he visited a JCB manufacturing facility, whereas bulldozers are getting used to tear down Muslim-owned properties in communal violence.

He indicated he would deliver up these points throughout talks with Mr Modi, who’s accused of damaging India’s democracy and of whipping up anti-Muslim sentiment.

Mr Johnson’s intercontinental sprint got here amid the fallout after he was fined for breaching coronavirus legal guidelines with a gathering for his 56th birthday in 2020.

While out of the nation, he missed a significant vote on whether or not to launch a Commons investigation into whether or not he lied to MPs and carried out a chaotic U-turn in backing down on an try to delay an inquiry.

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