In London, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is all set to visit India this week for the G20 World Leaders’ Summit. He can expect a warm welcome from his family in New Delhi, as reported by a UK media outlet.
According to ‘The Daily Telegraph,’ Prime Minister Sunak’s relatives in India are planning a grand reception with flowers and a night of dancing to Punjabi music.
Dr. Gautam Dev Sood, a 65-year-old uncle of the UK Prime Minister from India, shared that all family members have been invited to come to the Indian capital to celebrate his arrival.
Subhash Berry, Rishi Sunak’s uncle on his father’s side, mentioned that they can’t reveal all the details, but they have a plan in place to welcome the British Prime Minister. He added, “We are getting ready for a night of continuous dancing, mostly to traditional Punjabi music, and we might even dance to a few English songs.”
However, due to a busy schedule at the G20 summit and bilateral talks over the weekend, Rishi Sunak is unlikely to attend the event in person.
Rishi Sunak, who is 43 years old, was born in Southampton to parents Yashvir and Usha, who have their roots in India.
He will be accompanied on this visit by his Indian wife, Akshata Murty, who is the daughter of Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy and author Sudha Murty. While Rishi Sunak has family in northern India, most of Akshata Murty’s relatives live in Karnataka.
Meanwhile, preparations are in full swing for the G20 World Leaders’ Summit, happening this Saturday and Sunday. Reports suggest that Rishi Sunak may have a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the summit.
Before his visit, Rishi Sunak praised India as a crucial partner for the UK in various areas of cooperation during a Cabinet meeting in Downing Street. He emphasized that discussions about a free trade deal were going well and that he would only agree to a deal that benefits the entire UK.
UK Business and Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch, who recently met with India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal during her visit to India, updated the UK Cabinet on the progress of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations. She mentioned, “India is already one of the UK’s biggest trading partners, with a trade relationship worth GBP 36 billion a year.”
The FTA talks have completed 12 negotiation rounds, and both sides have reviewed the progress and agreed on ways to move the negotiations forward.