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Felt like Sachin Tendulkar, Amitabh Bachchan: UK PM Boris Johnson on India’s grand welcome

Update : 22 Apr 2022, 17:29

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday thanked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the grand hospitality he received in Gujarat on his two-day visit to India.

“I thank PM Narendra Modi and the people of India for the grand welcome. I felt like Sachin Tendulkar upon my arrival and also like Amitabh Bachchan when I saw hoardings everywhere. And my face was as ubiquitous as Amitabh Bachchan. I was everywhere to be seen. It was fantastic," he said.

Johnson described Modi as his "khaas dost" or special friend.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday met PM Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in the national capital and expressed his happiness over the rousing welcome he got when he landed in Ahmedabad. The British prime minister arrived in India on Thursday on a two-day visit in the backdrop of the Russia-Ukraine war.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his visiting British counterpart Boris Johnson on Friday held extensive talks with an aim to further expand cooperation in areas of defence, trade and clean energy.

Johnson further praised India's contribution to the COVID-19 vaccination drive globally and said, "I have an Indian jab in my arm. Thank you, India. India has become the pharmacy of the world." PM Modi and Johnson mentioned a bolster to the proposed free trade agreement, cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and talks on defence ties are on the agenda.

During the press briefing, PM Modi touched upon the evolving situation in Afghanistan and the Ukrainian crisis while Johnson refrained from commenting on the Russia-led war on Ukraine or India's abstinence from voting against Russia at the UNSC. 

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