Next month, Johnson will head to the state for his first major bilateral visit since taking office.
This will be his first visit since the United Kingdom left the European Union as Johnson looks to increase trade ties in the region.
The United Kingdom and India held 14 joint economic trade committee meetings with the aim of expanding relations between the two countries, but it is hoped that Johnson’s visit next year will help push the two countries towards a free trade agreement.
Johnson has also invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to this year’s G7 summit as a guest of the United Kingdom.
Johnson also invited Australia and South Korea to the event as the United Kingdom looks to strengthen its ties after Brexit.
The Prime Minister said today: “I am completely delighted to visit India next year at the start of an exciting year for global Britain, and we look forward to achieving a quantum leap in our bilateral relationship that Prime Minister Modi and I have pledged to achieve.
“As a major player in the Indo-Pacific region, India is an increasingly indispensable partner to the United Kingdom as we work to boost jobs and growth, and counter common threats to our security and the protection of our planet.”
During the visit, Johnson will look to strengthening ties not only in trade but also in defense, security and climate change.
As it stands, the value of trade and investment between India and the United Kingdom is estimated at £ 24 billion annually.
There are 842 Indian companies in the United Kingdom in the United Kingdom.
India also provides more than 50 percent of the world’s vaccine through its Serum Institute in Pune.
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