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Boris Johnson meets Gautam Adani in Ahmedabad

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 21 Apr 2022, 03:46 pm

Ahmedabad: Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani met here UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is on a two-day visit to India.

The meeting was part of Johnson's plan to meet leading industrialists in India to discuss the UK-India commercial and trade links.

"Honoured to host @BorisJohnson, the first UK PM to visit Gujarat, at Adani HQ. Delighted to support climate & sustainability agenda with a focus on renewables, green H2 & new energy. Will also work with UK companies to co-create defence & aerospace technologies," Adani tweeted.

Earlier today, Johnson arrived in Gujarat, where he was given a grand welcome at the airport in Ahmedabad.

He visited Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram and spun yarn on a charkha.

Johnson's two-day visit to India will focus on stepping up cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and accelerate negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries, as well as enhancing defence ties.

This is the first time that a UK Prime Minister is in Gujarat.

India's fifth-largest state is also the home to nearly half of the UK's British-Indian population.

Johnson is expected to announce several commercial agreements and hold bilateral discussions on UK-India trade, investment and technology partnership.

The British High Commission (BHC), in a statement, said Johnson will use his visit to India to boost "our collaboration with one of the world's fastest-growing economies, slashing trade barriers for UK businesses and driving jobs and growth at home".

The UK and Indian businesses will confirm more than 1 billion pounds in new investments and export deals today in areas from software engineering to health, creating almost 11,000 jobs across the UK, added the BHC in the statement.