British Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanks for India's invitation, cancels Republic Day visit as UK locks down

    06-Jan-2021   
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation on Tuesday, Jan 5, with his UK counterpart Boris Johnson.
 
Prime Minister Johnson reiterated his thanks for India's invitation to him as the Chief Guest of the forthcoming Republic Day celebrations on Jan 26, but he regretted his inability to attend in view of the changed COVID-19 context prevailing in the UK.
 
PM Johnson reiterated his keenness to visit India in the near future.
 
Shri Narendra Modi expressed his understanding of the exceptional situation in the UK, and conveyed his best wishes for the quick control of the pandemic spread.
 
He looked forward to receiving Prime Minister Johnson in India at the earliest opportunity after normalisation of the situation, an MEA release said.
 
Both the leaders reviewed ongoing cooperation between both countries, including in the area of making COVID-19 vaccines available for the world.
 
They reiterated their "shared belief" in the potential of the India-UK partnership in the post-BREXIT, post-COVID context, and agreed to work towards a comprehensive roadmap for realising this potential, the release said.