Modi congratulates Starmer, hopes for free trade deal


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the new UK Prime Minister Keir Starmer on phone on Saturday (July 6). At this time, Modi congratulated the British Prime Minister. Along with that, both the heads of state agreed on the speedy implementation of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries.

A statement from India’s Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said the two leaders recalled the historic ties between the two countries. They also reiterated their commitment to deepen and advance the comprehensive strategic partnership between India and the UK.

The statement also said that in the phone conversation, the British Prime Minister appreciated the positive contribution of the Indian community to the social, economic and political development of the United Kingdom. The two leaders agreed to promote close people-to-people ties and maintain regular contacts.

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In a post on social media, Prime Minister Modi said, “I am delighted to have spoken to Kier Starmer. Congratulations to him for being elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. We are committed to deepening our comprehensive strategic partnership and strong economic ties for the progress, prosperity and global development of our people.

Earlier, Narendra Modi posted a post wishing Rishi Sunak, who recently resigned from the Prime Ministership of the United Kingdom. In it he wrote, Rishi Sunak, thank you for your admirable leadership and active contribution to deepening India-UK relations during your tenure. Best wishes for your future and your family.

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Keir Starmer’s Labor Party won a landslide victory in the UK general election that ended on July 4. This has resulted in the collapse of the 14-year rule of the Conservative Party in the country.

At his first press conference as Prime Minister on Saturday (July 6), Starmer said, “It is my duty to serve all citizens regardless of party, creed or caste, regardless of who I vote for.” The process of change has begun in the UK. Reconstruction of the country will begin immediately.

Source: ANI

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