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Prime Minister

Ram Nath Kovind (Bharatiya Janata Party, since 2017)

Narendra Modi (Bharatiya Janata Party, since 2014)

Population 1,333,271,221
Size 3,287,263 km² (1,269,219 sq. miles)
Next presidential election

Next legislative election

2022

2019

Last meeting with Theresa May 18 April 2018
Relationship with UK The key points discussed so far between the UK and India are bilateral trade and investment relations and the UK’s willingness to improve its visa offer to Indian citizens in return for increased cooperation in returning people who have overstayed their visas and currently reside in the UK illegally.

At their meeting in April 2018, the leaders laid the ground for a possible post-Brexit bilateral free trade deal and signed off on a series of commercial agreements worth up to £1 billion.

Before her trade mission to India in November 2016, Theresa May described the UK and India as “natural partners” and expressed a wish to “reboot” their relationship.

What India said on Brexit The Indian government has tended to avoid direct comments on Brexit.
India’s priorities One of the main priorities for this Government is to boost the economy by building smart cities, investing in technology, cutting red tape and complementing anti-inflation efforts.

It also seeks to adopt simpler and fairer land acquisition law and reform the tax system to attract more foreign direct investment.

In terms of foreign policy, this Government has made an effort improve relationships with other countries, including Japan, the US and the UK.

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