UK PM India visit: UK hopes to complete a free trade deal with India by year-end: Boris Johnson

UK PM Boris Johnson on a visit to India said that the UK aims to complete a free trade deal with India by the end of this year. If the deal has been completed, it is estimated that it could boost trade by billions of pounds.  

It is Boris Johnson’s first major trip to India and Johnson became the first prime minister of the UK to visit Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat. After landing in India, Johnson met industrialist Gautam Adani. 

“Honoured to host @BorisJohnson, the first UK PM to visit Gujarat, at Adani HQ. Delighted to support climate & sustainability agenda with a focus on renewables, green H2 & new energy. We Will also work with UK companies to co-create defense & aerospace technologies,” Mr. Adani tweeted.

“Uk aims to reduce India’s reliance on oil and gas imports from Russia. Uk will be there to complete another free trade agreement with India by the end of the year, by the autumn,” Johnson said while speaking to reporters in Gujarat. 

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Moreover, The British Prime Minister has indicated that he is ready to offer more visas to India in exchange for securing a free trade agreement this year. “Talented people are always welcomed by the UK. Indians need great opportunities and space for innovation. I have always been in favour of welcoming Indians to live and work in the UK,” Boris Johnson said in his speech in Gujarat.

According to PTI, with India set to invest $300 billion by 2030 to modernize its armed forces, sources said collaboration in the defense sector was one of the key focus areas of the meeting between Mr. Adani and Mr. Johnson. Discussion on energy transition, climate action, aerospace and defense collaboration will be made during a meeting with PM Modi.