Indian and British Prime Ministers discuss bilateral relations, defense and trade – Foreign Office

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed bilateral relations, free trade negotiations and defense cooperation between New Delhi and London with new British Prime Minister Liz Truss in a phone call on Saturday, the official said. Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – September 10, 2022) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed bilateral relations, free trade negotiations and defense cooperation between New Delhi and London with new British Prime Minister Liz Truss in a phone call on Saturday, the Indian told the Foreign Ministry.

“The two leaders discussed various issues of bilateral interest, including progress in the implementation of the 2030 road map, ongoing negotiations on the FTA (free trade agreement), cooperation on defense and security and the ties between the peoples of the two countries,” the ministry said. said in a statement.

According to the ministry, Modi also congratulated Truss on becoming British Prime Minister and conveyed his condolences to the Royal Family and British citizens on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

On Tuesday, Truss became Britain’s new Conservative leader and Prime Minister, succeeding Boris Johnson.

On Thursday evening, Buckingham Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth II, who ruled the kingdom for more than 70 years, died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland aged 96. His eldest son, Charles III, was officially proclaimed king at 09:00 GMT. Saturday, his wife Camilla becoming queen consort.

India and the UK launched formal negotiations on the free trade agreement in January. In late April, Modi said the countries had made good progress in crafting the deal and were looking to sign it before the end of 2022.