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UK PM Boris Johnson’s presence on Indian Republic Day might be symbolic

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India on Tuesday stated that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s presence on the Republic Day celebrations subsequent month might be “symbolic of a brand new period”.

Calling it a terrific honour, UK’s International Secretary Dominic Raab, who arrived in New Delhi on a four-day go to on Tuesday, stated that Prime Minister Johnson has accepted India’s “very beneficiant” invite to be the chief visitor on the Republic Day celebrations subsequent month. “I’m happy that PM Boris Johnson has invited PM Modi to hitch the UK-hosted G7 summit subsequent yr. The British PM has additionally accepted the very beneficiant invitation to attend India’s Republic Day celebrations in January, which is a superb honour,” he stated this afternoon.

This might be Johnson’s first main overseas go to since he took cost final yr. In an announcement, he stated that he’s “completely delighted to be visiting India subsequent yr in the beginning of an thrilling yr for International Britain, and look ahead to delivering the quantum leap in our bilateral relationship that Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi and I’ve pledged to attain.”

India’s overseas minister S. Jaishankar stated the British Prime Minister’s presence on the Republic Day celebrations “could be in a means symbolic of a brand new period, and a brand new section of India-UK ties.”

It’s after a spot of 27 years {that a} UK Prime Minister would be the chief visitor at India’s seventieth Republic Day subsequent month. John Main was the final British Prime Minister to attend the Republic Day parade in New Delhi in 1993.

The invitation from Modi is tactical and well timed because the transition interval for Brexit ends on December 31 and it’s nearly sure that the UK will go for a ‘arduous Brexit’ – a clear break from Europe which can entail Britain giving up membership of the EU’s single market, permitting it to to commerce freely with EU members with out restrictions.

The arduous Brexit is more likely to disrupt UK’s economic system, which even after 4 years of the Brexit vote, is for many sensible functions nonetheless functioning as a part of the EU. To scale back the antagonistic results of the financial disruption, the UK has been searching for buying and selling alternatives elsewhere.

Prime Minister Johnson has provided a free commerce settlement with India, given its large market. Johnson’s go to to New Delhi subsequent month might be vital for commerce negotiations between the 2 international locations.

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