Boris Johnson, UK prime minister has put a halt to India tour because of the worsening situation of coronavirus. Currently, India is witnessing second and deadlier wave of coronavirus. The alarming surge of coronavirus cases in India have made the country worst affected nation.
British prime minister was supposed to visit India at the end of April. However, in the wake of COVID-19 situation in India, he has deferred his tour. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) issued a statement to announce the same. India as well as UK made the decision with mutual consent.
The MEA said, “In view of the Covid-19 situation, it has been decided by mutual agreement that the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom will not visit India next week.” However, both countries will be holding a virtual meeting in the coming days to launch plans for a transformed India-UK relationship, the ministry said.
When Boris Johnson shortened India tour
Earlier the UK prime minister had shortened his trip to New Delhi due to the deteriorating situation of coronavirus in India. Johnson was supposed to spend a few days in India starting from April 26. His tour also included finalising a UK-India Enhanced Trade Partnership.
However, the whole itinerary had to be reworked because of the rising and deadly wave of coronavirus in India. “We have been in close contact with India about the PM’s upcoming visit in light of the Covid situation in India. As a result of these discussions, the PM has made the decision to reduce the length of the visit, due to take place at the end of this month, to a shorter programme in New Delhi,” a spokesperson at 10 Downing Street said.