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PM Narendra Modi, UK counterpart Liz Truss agree on ‘crucial importance’ of bilateral ties in phone call

British Prime Minister Liz Truss speaks to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday and agreed on the “crucial importance” of India-UK bilateral ties.

In his first phone call since the truss took office earlier this week, Modi expressed his condolences on the death of Queen Elizabeth II on behalf of all Indians and paid tribute to the 96-year-old late monarch’s “service of a lifetime”. Gave.

The two leaders said that they look forward to meeting in person in the near future. “The Prime Minister spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi this afternoon following the death of Her Majesty the Queen,” Downing Street said in a readout of the phone call.

“The Prime Minister thanked Prime Minister Modi for his heartfelt condolences, which he said were on behalf of 1.3 billion Indians. The leaders acknowledged the grief felt by many in the UK and India, and paid tribute to the Queen’s life-long service,” the statement said.

“The two agreed on the vital importance of the UK-India relationship and look forward to meeting in person in the near future,” it said.

Soon after the news of the Queen’s death in Scotland on Thursday, Modi had tweeted, describing her as a “stalwart of our times”.

“During my visits to the UK in 2015 and 2018, I had memorable meetings with Queen Elizabeth II,” Modi recalled in his tweet.

“I will never forget her warmth and kindness. During a meeting she showed me the handkerchief that Mahatma Gandhi had gifted her at her wedding. I will cherish that gesture forever,” he said.

Britain and India are negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) with a deadline set for Diwali to complete a draft agreement by Truss’s predecessor, Boris Johnson.

The new prime minister, who took formal office at 10 Downing Street on Tuesday with spectators accompanying the late Queen, had earlier said he was committed to an FTA with India and expected it to be completed “preferably” by Diwali in October Will go end of this year.



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