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PM Modi, Boris Johnson join forces to discuss vaccine certification, trade, climate

By PTI

LONDON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson on Monday held a telephonic conversation during which they welcomed the UK’s recognition of Indian vaccine certification and agreed on the need for a coordinated international approach to engagement with the Taliban. of the UK, according to a statement.

The telephone talks came four days after Britain announced that Indian travelers fully vaccinated with both doses of Kovidshield or any other vaccine approved by it would not need to undergo a 10-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival from October 11 .

The British statement said the two prime ministers discussed the shared fight against the coronavirus and the importance of a cautious opening of international travel.

“They agreed that the recognition of Indian vaccine certification by the UK is a welcome development to that end,” it said.

According to a statement shared with journalists by the British High Commission here, the two leaders also discussed the strengthening of UK-India relations and climate action in the context of the upcoming COP-26 in Glasgow.

“The leaders also spoke about the current situation in Afghanistan. They agreed on the need for a coordinated international approach with the Taliban, emphasizing the importance of upholding human rights in the country,” it said.

It said the prime ministers welcomed the progress made on the 2030 roadmap as agreed by Johnson and Modi in May.

“This includes areas such as trade and defence. The leaders look forward to the UK Carrier Strike Group’s upcoming visit to India and the deepening of the UK-India strategic partnership,” it said.

In a tweet, PM Modi later said, “Glad to speak to Prime Minister @BorisJohnson. We reviewed progress on the India-UK Agenda 2030, exchanged views on climate action in the context of the upcoming COP-26 in Glasgow. – provided, and shared their assessments on regional issues, including Afghanistan.”

According to the statement released by the UK, Johnson underscored the importance of making concrete progress on climate change ahead of and ahead of the upcoming COP26 summit.

“He added that India is already at the forefront of renewable technology in the world and expressed hope that they will commit to a more ambitious contribution nationally and achieve net zero emissions,” he said.

The Roadmap 2030 was adopted at a virtual summit in May between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson.

The roadmap aims to elevate bilateral ties to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and guide cooperation in key areas of trade and economy, defense and security, climate change and people-to-people contacts over the next decade.

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