Boris Johnson thanks Modi for grand welcome

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on a two-day visit to India, thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday for the grand welcome a day ago in the latter’s home state of Gujarat.

“I thank PM Narendra Modi and the people of India for the grand welcome. I felt like Sachin Tendulkar upon my arrival and also like Amitabh Bachchan when I saw hoardings everywhere,” he said, addressing PM Modi as his “khaas dost” (special friend).

Mr Johnson spent his first day in India in Gujarat with dancers and giant billboards lining his paths from the airport and back.

On Friday, he held in-depth talks on the UK and India’s strategic defence, diplomatic and economic partnership, aimed at bolstering close partnership and stepping up security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

“They (People of Gujarat) put on a fantastic welcome for us. It was absolutely extraordinary. I have never seen such a joyful reception,” the British PM said this morning.