British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke on the phone with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. During this, the two leaders reviewed the India-UK trade and defense dialogue and discussed climate change issues. Britain’s Prime Minister’s Office Downing Street said Britain’s move to “certify the Indian vaccine” was welcomed by both sides. Significantly, those who have received the anti-Covid-19 vaccine ‘Covidshield’ will not have to stay in isolation for 10 days if they travel to the UK from Monday.
A Downing Street spokesperson said, “Prime Minister Johnson and Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the fight against the coronavirus and the importance of starting international travel cautiously.” They said they agreed that Britain’s certification of an Indian vaccine is a welcome step in this direction. The two leaders also agreed on the need for a common international approach to the Taliban issue.
Coordinated international approach essential for Taliban
According to a statement shared with journalists by the British High Commission, the two leaders also discussed the strengthening of UK-India relations and climate action in the context of the upcoming ‘Conference of the Parties’ (COP)-26 in Glasgow. “The leaders also talked about the current situation in Afghanistan,” it said. They agreed with the Taliban on the need for a coordinated international approach and stressed the importance of upholding human rights in the country.
PM Modi tweeted information
The Prime Ministers welcomed the progress made on the 2030 Roadmap, the statement said. This was agreed upon by Johnson and Modi in May. After this Modi said in a tweet, ‘Glad to talk to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. We reviewed progress on the India-UK Agenda 2030, action on climate change and the COP-26 in Glasgow. Apart from this, also shared views on regional issues including Afghanistan. According to a UK statement, Johnson underscored the importance of making concrete progress on climate change ahead of the upcoming COP 26 summit.