Modi meets Theresa May at G20 Summit in China….reports Gaurav Sharma
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his British counterpart Theresa May on the sidelines of the ongoing G20 Summit.
This was Modi’s first bilateral with May who succeeded David Cameron after he stepped down following UK’s decision to exit the European Union in June.
“Building opportunities with the UK,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup, posting Modi’s picture with May on the micro-blogging site.
This is also May’s first international summit as the Prime Minister.
Speaking ahead of the summit, the Prime Minister said: We are going to make a success of Brexit and one way we will do that is by playing to Britain’s strengths as a great trading nation and forging our own new trade deals around the world.
“We are building up the necessary expertise to go after these trade deals and here in China, I will be seizing the opportunity to talk to leaders from countries like Australia who have already made clear that they want to strike a deal once we have left the EU.
“We will continue to be a powerful advocate for trade, recognising that with the right investment in training, skills and infrastructure, it can help us to build a fairer economy that works for all, not just the privileged few.
The Prime Minister’s talks on trade with world leaders come ahead of the second meeting of the Cabinet committee on EU Exit and Trade which will meet later this week and focus on the government’s trade policy, in particular the principles which should guide the UK approach including further work to prioritise early free trade discussions.