Indian Prime Minister Narendra and the newly appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak today had their maiden phone call. In his maiden call they spoke about India-UK Free Trade Agreement.
“We also agreed on the importance of early conclusion of a comprehensive and balanced FTA.with his UK counterpart, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the newly appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom,” the PM tweeted.
The Indian Prime Minister congratulated his British counterpart over phone. “Glad to speak to Rishi Sunak today. Congratulated him on assuming charge as UK PM. Congratulated him on assuming charge as UK PM. We will work together to further strengthen our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. We also agreed on the importance of early conclusion of a comprehensive and balanced FTA,” Modi tweeted.
Sunak on his part thank the India Prime Minister for the call. “Thank you Prime Minister for your kind words as I get started in my new role. The UK and India share so much. I’m excited about what our two great democracies can achieve as we deepen our security, defence and economic partnership in the months & years ahead.”
Sunak is the first Hindu and Indian-origin leader to become the Prime Minister of UK.
Sunak will be Britain’s third Prime Minister in seven weeks as well as the first prime minister of colour in the history of Britain.
Sunak’s roots lie in British Punjab. His grandparents migrated to the UK from Africa in the 1960s. In addition to English, Sunak speaks Hindi and Punjabi. Sunak’s father was a general physician in Southampton, and his mother ran a local pharmacy. He is married to Akshata Murthy, daughter of Infosys founder Narayana Murthy and author Sudha Murthy.