In their first formal meeting in Bali on the margins of the G-20 Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UK’s new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak today agreed to work together in bilateral and multilateral forums, including G-20 and the Commonwealth.
Modi congratulated Sunak on assuming office as the two leaders touched upon important sectors of collaboration such as trade, mobility, defence and security.
”The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the state of the wide-ranging India-UK Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and progress on the Roadmap 2030 for Future Relations,” the Ministry of External Affairs said.
Sunak emphasised the importance of the Indo-Pacific region to global security and prosperity. He also confirmed that a new bespoke, reciprocal route would open in early 2023 to give young professionals from the UK and India a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in a professional and cultural exchange. India is the first visa-national country to benefit from such a scheme, highlighting the strength of the UK-India Migration and Mobility Partnership agreed upon last year.
Modi also held meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.