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Boris Johnson will travel to India next month to bang the drum for “global Britain” in a post-Brexit trade drive.

The Prime Minister described India as an “increasingly indispensable partner” and revealed he had accepted an invitation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The visit is aimed at strengthening partnership on trade and climate change and will be Mr Johnson’s first major trip after the end of the Brexit transition period.

Mr Johnson said: “I am absolutely delighted to be visiting India next year at the start of an exciting year for Global Britain, and look forward to delivering the quantum leap in our bilateral relationship that Prime Minister Modi and I have pledged to achieve.

“As a key player in the Indo-Pacific region, India is an increasingly indispensable partner for the United Kingdom as we work to boost jobs and growth, confront shared threats to our security and protect our planet.”

The PM is also inviting India, along with Australia and South Korea, to attend the G7 summit of powerful nations in the UK next summer.

Mr Johnson will also become the second British leader since Indian independence to attend the annual Republic Day parade in New Delhi as Guest of Honour. The last British PM to attend was Sir John Major in 1993.

The UK and India’s growing trade and investment relationship is worth around £24 billion a year and supports more than half a million jobs, according to the UK Government.

It comes after Mr Johnson made a gaffe during Prime Minister’s Questions last week in which he appeared to confuse large farmers’ protests in India with the ongoing conflict with Pakistan.

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is currently on a visit to India.

During a joint press conference in Delhi with India’s Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, he said: “Our partnership can be a force for good in the world at large.

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