UK PM Boris Johnson cancels Republic Day visit to India later this month

UK PM Boris Johnson cancels Republic Day visit to India later this month
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  • calendar-gray 05 January 2021

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday cancelled his Republic Day visit to India later this month, citing the need to oversee the Covid-19 pandemic response at home, APA reports citing India Express.

The development comes as Britain began its third Covid-19 lockdown on Tuesday, with citizens under orders to stay at home.

“Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to Prime Minister Modi this morning, to express his regret that he will be unable to visit India later this month as planned,” a Downing Street spokeswoman said.

“In light of the national lockdown announced last night, and the speed at which the new coronavirus variant is spreading, the prime minister said that it was important for him to remain in the UK so he can focus on the domestic response to the virus,” the spokeswoman said.

“Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to be able to visit India in the first half of 2021, and ahead of the UK’s G7 Summit that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to attend as a guest,” the UK government further said.

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