'Committed to trade deal with India, but...': Rishi Sunak at G20 Summit

16 November 2022 06:49 PM
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  • 'Committed to trade deal with India, but...': Rishi Sunak at G20 Summit

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bali on Wednesday. It was their first meeting after the first Indian-origin British PM assumed office last month.

United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday said he was committed to signing a trade deal with India.

Speaking on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Bali, Sunak said, "We remain committed to trade deal with India, but we need to get these things right...There's excitement about India taking over the G20 presidency."

Sunak also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bali. It was their first meeting after the first Indian-origin British PM assumed office last month.

PM Modi congratulated Prime Minister Sunak on assuming office.

Both the leaders expressed satisfaction at the state of the wide-ranging India-UK Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and progress on the Roadmap 2030 for Future Relations. Both leaders appreciated the importance of working together in bilateral and multilateral forums, including G20 and the Commonwealth.

The total trade between India and the UK stood at USD 17.5 billion in 2021-22.

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo handed over the G20 Presidency to India at the closing ceremony of the Bali summit. India will officially assume the G20 Presidency on December 1.

PM Modi, while speaking at the G20 summit in Bali, said, "India takes charge of G-20 when the world is grappling with geopolitical tensions, economic slowdown, rising food and energy prices."

"India's G20 presidency will be inclusive, ambitious, decisive and action-oriented. In the next one year, it will be our endeavour that G20 works as a global prime mover to give impetus to collective action," PM Modi said.

"Proper use of digital technologies can become a force multiplier in the decades-long global fight against poverty. Digital solutions can be helpful in the fight against climate change as we saw in examples of remote-working and paperless offices during Covid," he said.

The digital transformation should not be confined to a small part of the human race and its greater benefits will be realised only when digital access becomes truly inclusive, he added.


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