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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
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Told negotiators to get India-UK Free Trade Agreement done by Diwali: PM Boris Johnson

ANI | Updated: Apr 22, 2022 20:06 IST

New Delhi [India], April 22 (ANI): Highlighting the growing economic cooperation with India, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he and his counterpart Narendra Modi were seeking completion of the negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries by October this year.
The UK PM made the remarks while addressing a press conference in New Delhi, after his interaction with PM Modi earlier in the day.
"We are using our Brexit freedoms to reach a bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and today Prime Minister Modi and I told our negotiators to get it done by Diwali in October," Johnson said.
"This could double our trade and investment by the end of the decade driving down prices for consumers and increasing wages across the UK by as much as three billion pounds," the UK PM added.
Johnson said that in the course of his visit, India and the UK have secured new deals worth a billion pounds, creating more than 11,000 jobs.

Johnson also highlighted the importance of India as a major economy of the world as well as an important partner of the UK both in terms of economic and strategic partnerships.
"India is an incredible rising power in Asia, one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, already worth 2.25 trillion pounds, and said to be the world's third-largest economy by 2050. India is also our biggest partner in the indo-pacific which is increasingly the geopolitical center of the world with two-thirds of humanity and a third of the global economy and that share is rising every year," Johnson said.
Talking about India's role in the British economy, Johnson said, "Indian investment already supports almost half a million British jobs, and with a population bigger than the US and EU combines, there is so much potential for us to take our trade and investment to a whole new level."
"So, what we are getting on with here is delivering on the priorities of the British people, but also deepening our friendship with a nation with whom we have profound ties of language, culture, and kinship while making both our countries safer and our economies stronger," the British PM said.
India and UK launched Free Trade Agreement negotiations in January this year. After the conclusion of two rounds of negotiations, the third round of negotiations between the two countries will begin next week.
The two countries are also exploring the possibility of an interim agreement to provide quick gains for benefitting businesses on both sides. (ANI)