Britain’s PM Boris Johnson will be the next chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebration in 2021. The following was testified by the Foreign Secretary of Britain Dominic Rob after his meeting with India’s Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar. Last Year in 2020 Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro was the chief guest.
Britain’s Foreign Minister said in a statement-” Our honorable Prime Minister Boris Johnson has accepted the invitation for the being the Chief Guest at India’s Republic Day celebration 2021.”
After the acceptance of the invitation, India’s Foreign Minister S.Jaishankar said that “This will mark the beginning of a new era for India- Britain relations.”
Before this, Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Rob met India’s Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar on Tuesday. Dominic who is on a visit to India discussed topics like “Trade, Education, Defence, Environment and Health” with India’s Foreign Minister.
Delegation Talks were soon held after their meeting. S.Jaishankar said “Rob is here to visit India at a time when Britain is in complex negotiations with the European Union for a trade agreement after Brexit. Rob is visiting India from 14 December to 17 December. After the meeting, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar told reporters that talks with UK Foreign Minister Dominic Rob were focused on strengthening India-UK relations.
Britain’s Foreign Secretary said-“We want to strengthen our economic and financial relations with India. He further added- “The way world is evolving, issues like shipping security, supply chain, climate change should be the top priorities for both the countries.”
He also said- “Our relations are based on common interests and common values in various fields and we want to increase cooperation in many ways.” Significantly, in the wake of Brexit, Britain is trying to strengthen trade relations with leading economies like India. It is being feared that Britain’s economy will be severely damaged if it comes out of the European Union without a trade agreement.”
The ministry On Monday said in a statement That Rob’s visit will pave the way for strengthening alliances in areas of trade, climate, education, in post-Covid-19 scenario between the two countries.
Rob will also meet Forest and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank during his visit. He will also visit Bengaluru, where he will meet Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on 17 December.