British PM Boris Johnson calls off India visit, cites need to oversee response to Covid-19 – world news

Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, stating that he was unable to visit India, and was invited to visit India as an invited guest to the Republic Day parade.

A spokesman for Downing Street said, “The Prime Minister met with Prime Minister Modi this morning and expressed regret that he was unable to visit India later this month as planned.”

“Given the national blockade announced last night and the speed at which the new coronavirus strain is spreading, the Prime Minister said it was important to allow him to remain in the UK and focus on domestic response to the virus.” .

“The leaders emphasized the common commitment to bilateral relations and will continue to build close cooperation between the two countries, including responding to infectious diseases.”

“The Prime Minister said he hopes to be able to visit India in the first half of 2021 ahead of the UK G7 Summit, where Prime Minister Modi will be attending as a guest.”

The Johnson government is struggling with the continued increase in Covid-19.