British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had a dialog with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday throughout which each leaders mentioned the necessity to de-escalate tensions and the significance of defending harmless civilians within the Israel-Gaza conflict, Downing Street stated.
The telephone name centred across the scenario in West Asia but in addition lined bilateral ties and the progress being made in direction of an formidable deal within the ongoing India-UK free trade settlement (FTA) negotiations.
The leaders mentioned the deeply distressing scenario in West Asia and condemned Hamas’s assaults on Israel, stated a Downing Street spokesperson in a readout of the decision. They reiterated that Hamas didn’t characterize the Palestinian individuals and mirrored on the necessity to de-escalate tensions within the wider area.
Sunak additionally underscored the significance of defending harmless civilians in Gaza and making certain support was capable of circulation into the nation, the spokesperson stated.
Turning to the friendship between the UK and India, the leaders mentioned current progress on free trade settlement negotiations. They agreed on the significance of securing an formidable deal that benefitted either side, the spokesperson stated.
Finally, the leaders mentioned the continuing Cricket World Cup being held in India. Cricket fan Sunak additionally congratulated PM Modi on Team India’s profitable streak within the World Cup and expressed the hope that England would have higher luck of their Test sequence towards India, scheduled for the New Year.
The UK and India have been negotiating an FTA since January final yr and there was rising hypothesis round an settlement being clinched within the coming weeks, with an anticipated second Sunak go to as UK prime minister to India after the G20 Summit in September.
According to official UK authorities figures, bilateral trade with India was price an estimated GBP 36 billion in 2022 — a determine anticipated to be considerably enhanced with an FTA