British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson held discussions in a meeting with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee….reports Asian Lite News
The discussions were held on several areas of collaboration between his country and West Bengal during the 40-minute meeting.
Johnson suggested that cycle tracks should be introduced on main roads to improve traffic and battle environmental pollution.
“If you want to improve traffic and air pollution (situation), you have to invest in low carbon transport. We had a massive reduction in number of people getting killed and injured with proper measures in place,” the foreign dignitary said later.
Johnson, on a day’s trip to the eastern metropolis, called on Banerjee at the state secretariat Nabanna in neighbouring Howrah district. The foreign secretary was accompanied by several other senior British officials.
Banerjee described the discussions as “excellent”.
“We had an excellent round of discussions on many areas of collaboration between Britain and Bengal,” she said.
Banerjee said the long term ties between the eastern state and Britain, and collaboration in sectors like industry and education figured during the deliberations.
Johnson, also a former Mayor of London, was on a visit to the city to take forward the British partnership with West Bengal and hold discussions with a cross section of Bengal society on prospects for furthering Bengal-Britain business and people-to-people partnerships.
Impressed by the enthusiasm of budding cricketers at an academy here, United Kingdom Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson on Thursday told former India batsman Arun Lal it was a firm indicator that England needed to be wary of India in the future.
A relaxed Johnson spent around fifteen minutes with the children at the Arun Lal Cricket Academy.
“He is a sport. He spent time with the kids and had encouraging words for them. He was surprised by the number of kids enthusiastically taking part in the sport and said this why we should be worried,” Lal, who played 16 Test matches for India, told reporters.
On the ongoing England tour of India, Johnson said the hosts have taken a liking to their rivals.
“I told him you are catching up in this match and when I said Virat (Kohli) is out he seemed relieved,” Lal added referring to the ongoing One-Day match between India and England at Cuttack.
Kohli scored only 8 runs but centuries from Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni helped India recover from a poor start to post 381/6 in the second One-Day International (ODI) at the Barabati Stadium on Thursday. Yuvraj Singh scored 150 while Mahendra Singh Dhoni contributed 134.
A smiling Johnson entered the premises half an hour late straight from the airport.
He did some batting too, leaning forward to one delivery and hitting the ball straight down the field.
The shot was squarely applauded as Johnson left soon after to a flutter among the locals who quizzed journalists who the person was.
The former Mayor of London was on a visit to the city to take forward the UK partnership with West Bengal and hold discussions with a cross section of Bengal society on prospects for furthering Bengal-UK business and people-to-people partnerships.