India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Rishi Sunak met on Wednesday at the Group of 20 (G20) summit in Bali and discussed ways to boost bilateral trade, according to Modi.
It was Modi’s first meeting with Sunak, who is of Indian origin, since the British prime minister assumed office in October.
Earlier on Wednesday, Sunak’s office stated that Britain was negotiating a trade agreement with India, which if reached would be the first of its kind between India and a European country.
“India values strong ties with the United Kingdom,” Modi said after the meeting on Twitter.
“We discussed ways to strengthen commercial ties, broaden the scope of security cooperation in light of India’s defence reforms, and strengthen people-to-people ties.”
The G20 leaders met for the first time on the Indonesian island since Russia’s February invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow describes as a “special military operation.”
At the summit’s conclusion, Indonesia handed over the G20 presidency to India for a year, beginning on December 1.
“Without peace and security, our future generations will be unable to benefit from economic growth or technological innovation,” Modi said at the summit’s conclusion.
“The G20 must send a strong message in support of peace and harmony.”
At the summit on Wednesday, Modi met with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, French President Emmanuel Macron, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, among others.
During their meeting, Modi and Albanese discussed progress made by the two countries in the fields of defence, trade, education, and clean energy, according to a statement from India’s foreign ministry.