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India and UK unveil 10-year road map to stronger ties at virtual summit

Modi and Johnson eye more trade and defense cooperation in light of assertive China

The virtual meeting between U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi yielded a key pact on migration and mobility. (Photo by Andrew Parsons/ No. 10 Downing Street)

LONDON/NEW DELHI -- With his planned visit to India twice postponed owing to COVID-19, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a virtual meeting with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Tuesday during which they announced a 10-year plan to deepen the bilateral relationship with a focus on trade and defense.

The "2030 Roadmap" elevates the relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership, as it also focuses on people-to-people connections, climate action and health. Indian officials said the declaration of an enhanced trade partnership was one of the "big-ticket" announcements of the summit. Both leaders further decided to quickly conclude discussions on a free trade agreement.

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