Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke with his newly-appointed British counterpart, Rishi Sunak, and the two leaders emphasised the importance of an early conclusion of “a balanced and comprehensive” Free Trade Agreement between the two countries.
The Prime Minister congratulated Rishi Sunak on assuming charge as UK Prime Minister. “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, “the Prime Minister said in a tweet.
Rishi Sunak thanked PM Modi for his “kind words” and said he was excited about what the “two great democracies” can achieve as they deepen the bilateral partnership.
“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 said in a tweet.
The UK Prime Minister, after Rishi Sunakand was declared the new UK Prime Minister on Monday, said he was looking forward to working closely together on global issues. The Prime Minister also extended Diwali wishes to the “living bridge” of UK Indians.
Sunak had earlier lost the race to become the PM to Liz Truss but the change of fate was triggered by the resignation of Truss following a heavily criticised mini-budget that left the UK pound tumbling.