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PM Modi discusses trade, security with Sunak at G20

Bali: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met his United Kingdom counterpart Rishi Sunak on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia.

This was the first meeting between the two leaders.

“India attaches great importance to robust India-UK ties,” PM Modi said in a tweet.

“We discussed ways to increase commercial linkages, raise the scope of security cooperation in context of India’s defence reforms and make people-to-people ties even stronger,” he added.

As per Prime Minister’s Office, discussions touched upon important sectors of collaboration such as trade, mobility, defence and security.

Prime Minister Modi congratulated Prime Minister Sunak on assuming office.

The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the state of the wide-ranging India-UK Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and progress on the Roadmap 2030 for Future Relations.

The two leaders appreciated the importance of working together in bilateral and multilateral forums including G20 and the Commonwealth.

Sunak approves 3,000 visas for Indians

During the day, Sunak has approved 3,000 visas per year for young professionals from India to work in the UK.

In a tweet, the UK Prime Minister’s Office said, “Today the UK-India Young Professionals Scheme was confirmed, offering 3,000 places to 18-30-year-old degree-educated Indian nationals to come to the UK to live and work for up to two years.”

The British government said India is the first visa-national country to benefit from such a scheme, highlighting the strength of the UK-India Migration and Mobility Partnership agreed last year.

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