In maiden talks, Modi, Sunak agree on early conclusion of FTA


Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a conversation on Thursday, congratulated Rishi Sunak for his ascent to the UK Prime Ministerial post and agreed on the importance of an early conclusion of the Free Trade Agreement between India and UK.
PM Modi, following the talks, tweeted, “Glad to speak to Rishi Sunak today. Congratulated him on assuming charge as UK PM. We will work together to further strengthen our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. We also agreed on the importance of an early conclusion of a comprehensive and balanced FTA.”
Rishi Sunak also thanked PM Modi for his “kind words” as the then-finance minister starts his new role as UK PM. “The UK and India share so much. I’m excited about what our two great democracies can achieve as we deepen our security, defence, and economic partnership in the months and years ahead,” Sunak wrote in a tweet after his talks with PM Modi.
After Rishi Sunak was declared the new UK Prime Minister, in a tweet, PM Modi wished Sunak, who became the first Asian and Indian-origin Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on Monday, and said he is looking forward to working closely together on global issues. The Prime Minister also extended Diwali wishes to the “living bridge” of UK Indians.
Britain’s Conservative Party leader Rishi Sunak became the first Indian-origin UK Prime Minister. “Warmest congratulations @RishiSunak! As you become UK PM, I look forward to working closely together on global issues and implementing Roadmap 2030. Special Diwali wishes to the ‘living bridge’ of UK Indians, as we transform our historic ties into a modern partnership,” PM Modi had tweeted.