British prime minister Boris Johnson cancels India go to resulting from COVID-19 scenario

British prime minister Boris Johnson cancels India go to resulting from COVID-19 scenario

Johnson will as an alternative communicate to Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this month to launch their plans for the longer term UK-India partnership, with their bodily assembly anticipated later within the 12 months

British prime minister Boris Johnson cancels India visit due to COVID-19 situation

File picture of UK prime minister Boris Johnson. AP

London: British prime minister Boris Johnson has cancelled his deliberate go to to India subsequent week as a result of coronavirus scenario within the nation, Downing Avenue stated on Monday.

Johnson will as an alternative communicate to Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this month to launch their plans for the longer term UK-India partnership, with their bodily assembly anticipated later within the 12 months.

“Within the gentle of the present coronavirus scenario, Prime Minister Boris Johnson won’t be able to journey to India subsequent week,” Downing Avenue stated in a joint assertion on behalf of the British and Indian governments.

“As a substitute, Modi and Johnson will communicate later this month to agree and launch their bold plans for the longer term partnership between the UK and India. They may stay in common contact past this, and stay up for assembly in particular person later this 12 months,” the assertion stated.

Stress had been mounting on Johnson to name off the go to amid rising issues of a brand new variant of COVID-19 detected within the nation.

Over the weekend, UK Opposition Labour Get together joined requires him to conduct the discussions remotely through Zoom and cancel the bodily go to, which had already been shortened to deal with a day-long packed schedule on Monday, 26 April.

The go to, beforehand postponed from a Republic Day tour in January, was to be the primary main bilateral go to for Johnson exterior Europe because the UK normal election in December 2019 and the conclusion of the Brexit transition interval on the finish of December 2020.

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