G7 Summit | Today is the third day of PM Modi’s visit to Japan, meeting with Rishi Sunak, warm hug
Pic: ANI Hiroshima Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reviewed the bilateral strategic partnership, including progress in India-UK FTA negotiations, during talks with his British counterpart Rishi Sunak. Modi met Sunak on the sidelines of the G7 summit in the Japanese city of Hiroshima. PM Modi meets with UK PM Rishi Sunak in Japan’s Hiroshima, says “The meeting with PM Sunak was a very fruitful one. We discussed boosting cooperation in trade, innovation, science and other such sectors. pic.twitter.com/l9v0IMtrza — ANI (@ANI) May 21, 2023 During this, the two leaders also agreed to deepen bilateral cooperation in wide-ranging areas such as trade and investment and science and technology. The Ministry of External Affairs tweeted, “Boosting the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had fruitful talks with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in Hiroshima. The two leaders reviewed the bilateral strategic partnership, along with taking stock of the progress made in the FTA (Free Trade Agreement) negotiations between India and the UK. The ministry said Modi and Sunak agreed to deepen cooperation in a wide range of areas such as trade and investment, science and technology, higher education and people-to-people ties. India and the UK have been negotiating an FTA since January last year with the aim of agreeing on a comprehensive agreement that is expected to significantly increase bilateral trade ties between the two countries to an estimated 34 billion pounds by 2022. The ninth round of India-UK FTA talks between the two countries concluded last month with detailed discussions in several policy areas. Recently, Harjinder Kang, the UK’s chief negotiator for the FTA, has been appointed as the country’s new Trade Commissioner for South Asia and Deputy High Commissioner for Western India in Mumbai. According to official figures from the British government, India was the UK’s 12th largest trading partner in the last four quarters at the end of the third quarter of 2022. Trade between the two countries was 2.1 percent of Britain’s total trade. Modi and Sunak hugged each other before the conversation. Modi arrived in Hiroshima on Friday to attend three sessions of the G7 summit following an invitation from his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida.