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U.K. and India promised to promote a “leap forward” in relations between the two countries

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British Prime Minister Johnson (first from left) and Indian Prime Minister Modi (second from left) held an online meeting on the 4th, promising to promote a "leap forward" in relations between the two countries. (Photo from Reuters file)

British Prime Minister Johnson and Indian Prime Minister Modi held an online meeting on Tuesday (May 4), promising to promote a “leap forward” in relations between the two countries, and stated that they will double their trade by 2030.

Johnson said in a statement: “Our agreement today marks the beginning of a new era in British-Indian relations.” He said that Britain will continue to support India as India fights the epidemic. The UK is providing emergency medical equipment and oxygen cylinders to help India fight the epidemic.

Due to the severe epidemic in India, the leaders of the two countries held an online meeting on the same day to replace Johnson’s original plan to visit India in person. In their conversation, Johnson and Modi agreed on the “2030 Road Map”, which is to deepen the relationship between the two countries, especially through university research. The two countries also agreed to deepen cooperation in the fields of education, health, science, and national defense.

An official of the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the two countries also signed an agreement on the migration of the two countries on the same day, providing more employment opportunities for 3,000 young Indian professionals every year in exchange for India’s agreement to withdraw Indian citizens who live illegally in the UK.

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