UK-India Free Trade Agreement among top issues discussed with Modi: Johnson



"We agreed to strengthen our cooperation, not just on the security side- where clearly the UK and India stand shoulder to shoulder in the fight against terror- but also in military cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, where we share many interests,” Johnson noted (Photo: ©UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS).
"We agreed to strengthen our cooperation, not just on the security side- where clearly the UK and India stand shoulder to shoulder in the fight against terror- but also in military cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, where we share many interests,” Johnson noted (Photo: ©UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS).

A “big” free trade agreement (FTA) was among the major issues discussed with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi during a meeting on the sidelines of the G7 summit in August, British prime minister Boris Johnson said.

Johnson stated in the House of Commons on Tuesday (3) that he had an “extremely good conversation” with his Indian counterpart in Biarritz, France.

The UK prime minister was speaking in response to a question on India-UK relations raised by Conservative Party MP Shailesh Vara, on the summit outcomes at the end of parliamentary summer recess.

“We agreed to strengthen our cooperation, not just on the security side — where clearly the UK and India stand shoulder to shoulder in the fight against terror — but also in military cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, where we share many interests,” Johnson noted.

“This (discussions) also included free trade, in doing a big free trade agreement with India,” British prime minister added.