The UK Foreign Secretary on Tuesday informed that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has accepted the invitation to be Chief Guest at India's Republic Day 2021 celebrations. He will be the first British PM to grace the Rajpath parade in 27 years.
"The presence of PM Boris Johnson as the chief guest at Republic Day 2021 would be in a way symbolic of a new era, a new phase of our relationship," the External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar said.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab further said that "I'm pleased that PM Boris Johnson has invited PM Modi to join the UK-hosted G7 summit next year."
"UK PM Johnson has also accepted the very generous invitation to attend India's Republic Day celebrations in January, which is a great honour," Dominic Raab added.
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Jaishankar said that "India has its vision of Indo-Pacific. It is a matter of satisfaction that there is today a growing recognition and acceptance of the idea of Indo-Pacific."
Talking about the visit of UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, the EAM said that "The Foreign Secretary comes at a very important time because we are looking at a post-COVID world and also looking at a post-Brexit world from the perspective of the UK. This is the right time for us to hold discussions."
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab stated that "We look forward to taking the spot in 2021 including the UK's presidency of G7 and also our presidency of UN Climate Change Conference. We welcome India's return to the UN Security Council."