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PM Modi and his UK counterpart discuss Afghanistan, vaccine issue, climate conference

New Delhi, October 11

With the settlement of vaccine certificate-related irritants, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had a call with PM Narendra Modi on Monday to take stock of India-UK trade and defence talks, opening up of international travel between the two countries and climate action targets in the lead up to the COP26 summit in Glasgow, said a readout from 10 Downing Street.

The leaders also talked about the current situation in Afghanistan. They agreed on the need for a coordinated international approach to engagement with the Taliban, emphasising the importance of upholding human rights in the country, it added.

Johnson underlined the importance of making concrete progress on climate change ahead of the upcoming COP26 Summit and noted that India already leads the world in renewable technology. Johnson expressed his hope that they will commit to a more ambitious Nationally Determined Contribution and to achieving Net Zero emissions.

 

Johnson and PM Modi discussed the shared fight against coronavirus and the importance of cautiously opening up international travel, and agreed the UK’s recognition of Indian vaccine certification is a welcome development to that end.