Due to rising considerations over a brand new Covid-19 variant and the following lockdown state of affairs within the UK, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday spoke to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and expressed his lack of ability to visit India, the place he had been invited to be the chief visitor on the Republic Day parade on January 26.
A Downing Street spokesperson stated, “The Prime Minister spoke to Prime Minister Modi this morning, to specific his remorse that he can be unable to visit India later this month as deliberate.
“In gentle of the nationwide lockdown introduced final evening, and the velocity at which the brand new coronavirus variant is spreading, the Prime Minister stated that it was vital for him to stay within the UK, so he can concentrate on the home response to the virus.
“The leaders underlined their shared dedication to the bilateral relationship, and to persevering with to construct on the shut collaboration between our international locations – together with in response to the pandemic.
The spokesperson added that Johnson hopes to visit India within the first half of 2021, and forward of the UK’s G7 Summit that Modi is due to attend as a visitor.
The British authorities has been grappling with persevering with spikes in Covid-19 infections, particularly because the latest detection of a brand new and fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus.