Johnson and Modi to agree UK-India trade partnership in virtual talks

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Downing Street says agreement will create 6,500 jobs and contain £533m of Indian investment in UK

Boris Johnson will host bilateral talks with India’s prime minister on Tuesday, announcing the potential for up to £1bn of new trade and investment in a virtual meeting after a planned visit to the country was twice delayed because of its Covid crisis.

The UK prime minister had been due to meet Narendra Modi in Delhi last week but the visit was cancelled because of the severity of the pandemic there. On Sunday, India recorded 3,689 deaths, its highest daily toll yet, and hospitals have been scrambling for oxygen to treat patients. Britain has sent £6m in medical supplies over the past week.

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