British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s visit to India has been canceled. Boris Johnson was scheduled to be the chief guest on this year’s Republic Day. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday and expressed his inability to visit India. A spokesperson for Downing Street said that the PM spoke to Prime Minister Modi this morning and said that he would be unable to visit India later this month.
PM Boris Johnson also regretted canceling his visit. He explained that the lockdown has been imposed in Britain due to the dangerous strain of coronavirus. During a conversation with PM Modi, PM Johnson has said that it is important for him to stay in the UK so that he can focus on preventing the virus. In a phone conversation, the leaders of the two countries underlined their shared commitment to bilateral relations. Boris Johnson told PM Modi that he hopes to be able to visit India in the first half of 2021.
Let this be known that on 15 December last year, the UK Foreign Minister had told reporters that their Prime Minister Boris Johnson has accepted the invitation to be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebrations of India. When the invitation was accepted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar had said that this meet would mark the beginning of a new era of UK relations.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had formally invited Johnson during a telephone conversation on 27 November. Any British Prime Minister in India was called after a long time on the occasion of Republic Day. The last time in 1993 was Britain’s PM John Major as Chief Guest on Republic Day, reports LiveHindustan.