UK – PM Boris Johnson cancels India visit due to Covid19 situation
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday called off a planned visit to India this week because of the Covid-19 situation – the second time this year he has deferred a trip to the country due to the pandemic.
The UK government had decided last week to reduce the length of Johnson’s visit following discussions with the Indian side. The Indian mission in London had announced the visit was to begin on April 25.
Relations with India are seen as a key component of both Britain’s post-Brexit ambitions to reinvigorate trade with countries outside the European Union, and a diplomatic push to gain more influence in the Indo-Pacific region.
“(Indian Prime Minister) Narendra Modi and I have basically come to the conclusion that, very sadly, I won’t be able to go ahead with the trip,” Johnson told reporters. “I do think it’s only sensible to postpone.”
Britain has invited India to attend the G7 summit it is hosting in June.