During the Virtual Summit, PM Modi and Boris Johnson discuss the extradition of Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson held a virtual summit to discuss the extradition of fugitive Indian businessmen Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, Modi requested the extradition of the economic criminals as soon as possible, and UK Prime Minister David Cameron promised to do everything possible (MEA).
The meeting also aimed to strengthen bilateral relations in a variety of fields, including healthcare and trade, with the UK Prime Minister announcing GBP 1 billion in trade and investment between the two countries.
“More than 6,500 new jobs will be generated across the UK thanks to the one billion pounds of new UK-India trade and investment announced by the Prime Minister today,” according to a statement from Johnson’s office.
According to Downing Street, the package includes over 533 million pounds of new Indian investment into the UK, which is expected to generate more than 6,000 jobs in critical and rising sectors like health and technology. This includes a GBP 240 million investment in the UK by the Serum Institute of India (SII) in its vaccine sector and a new sales office in the country that is expected to generate over USD 1 billion in new business, according to the statement.
According to Sandeep Chakraborty, MEA’s Joint Secretary for Europe West, “the two leaders had detailed discussions on the entire gamut of India-UK relations during the meeting, and exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual interest.” They also addressed the current state of the Covid-19 pandemic and continuing collaboration in the war against it.
In the aftermath of a serious second wave of Covid-19 in India, Modi thanked Johnson for the UK’s prompt medical assistance.
The United Kingdom was one of the first countries to respond to India’s medical crisis, sending essential medical equipment such as oxygen concentrators, tubes, and ventilators, among other things. During the meeting, Chakraborty said, the fruitful vaccine partnership through Oxford/AstraZeneca-SII collaboration was also discussed.
After the meeting, the two sides are expected to unveil an ambitious 10-year plan to further strengthen relations. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Sunday that the summit would be a significant opportunity to strengthen multi-faceted strategic relations and enhance cooperation on regional and global issues of mutual interest, ahead of the meeting.
The MEA stated that “during the summit, a detailed roadmap 2030 will be launched, which will pave the way for further expanding and deepening India-UK cooperation over the next decade across five main areas.” Johnson was supposed to go to India at the end of last month. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, he canceled the visit just days before.
Following a spike in COVID-19 infections in the UK, Johnson’s scheduled trip to India to participate in the Republic Day parade as the chief guest was also canceled in January. S Jaishankar, the External Affairs Minister, and Priti Paten, the British Home Secretary, had signed a migration and mobility cooperation agreement earlier in the day.
Jaishankar is currently in the United Kingdom for a four-day visit to attend a meeting of G7 foreign ministers. “I had a productive meeting with Home Secretary @pritipatel this morning. The Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement was signed, which will make legal travel easier and promote talent flows. As a result, the living bridge between India and the United Kingdom will become stronger,” he tweeted.