Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visits India

By UK India Business Council (UKIBC)

Boris Johnson visited New Delhi and Kolkata (18–19 January 2017) in his first official visit to India as Foreign Secretary

The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, this week became the first UK cabinet minister to visit India in 2017. Mr Johnson flew to New Delhi in the aftermath of the Prime Minister’s speech setting out a vision for a Global Britain, with the aim of achieving a strengthened relationship with India post-Brexit.

Mr Johnson has held talks with Prime Minister Modi, and Indian ministers, including Finance Minister Jaitley and Minister for External Affairs MJ Akbar, to continue working towards the ambitious partnership that the two Prime Ministers Theresa May and Narendra Modi committed to during her visit last November.

On the visit, Mr Johnson has also met young Indian entrepreneurs and civil society leaders, as well as hosting a breakfast for British and Indian business representatives and investors.

The Foreign Secretary also travelled to Kolkata where he met Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee. Mr Johnson also met representatives of the Cricket Association of Bengal and attended a debating competition featuring teams from Cambridge University and the London School of Economics marking the bicentenary of Presidency University.

“It’s a tremendous pleasure to be back in India, a wonderful, beautiful and thriving country. As two modern, diverse democracies, the UK and India are natural partners and we are committed to working together to promote our people’s prosperity, improve global security and tackle the challenges that both our countries face today,” the Foreign Secretary said.

“As well as a trade relationship worth £16bn, Indian companies have already created more than 100,000 jobs in the UK and sent 160,000 of the brightest and best students to our world class universities over the last 10 years. I have no doubt that the UK and India share an exciting future together on the world stage,” he added.

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