New Delhi: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday he is seeking to deepen trade and defense ties during his visit to India, and will also bring up the situation in Ukraine during talks with his Indian counterpart.
Johnson landed in Ahmedabad on Thursday, kicking off a two-day visit that will see him meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Friday. The two countries are expected to announce new deals in defense, green energy, and jobs, and complete a new trade agreement that is to be signed later this year. Apart from discussing trade, Johnson is expected to encourage India to distance itself from Russia in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
Speaking on the plane on his way to India, Johnson signaled he was ready to be more accommodating on an issue that could have stalled the talks. “I have always been in favor of talented people coming to this country,” Johnson said. “We are short to the tune of hundreds of thousands of people in our economy and we need to have a progressive approach and we will.”
Johnson visited Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. He also met with businessman Gautam Adani and then flew to Vadodara, where he visited a plant of the heavy machine firm JCB. He ended the day in Delhi where he is scheduled to meet PM Modi on Friday.