India’s prime minister holds a rare talk with King Charles III
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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi spoke to His Majesty King Charles III of the United Kingdom over the telephone on 3 January, 2023.
As this was the prime minister’s first conversation with the King after he assumed the Office of the Sovereign of the UK, Modi conveyed his best wishes to the King for a very successful reign.
A number of subjects of mutual interest were discussed during the call, including climate action, conservation of biodiversity, innovative solutions for financing energy-transition, etc. Modi also expressed his appreciation for King Charles’s abiding interest and advocacy on these issues.
Modi briefed the monarch on India’s priorities for its G20 Presidency, including propagation of digital public goods. He also explained the relevance of Mission LiFE – Lifestyle for Environment, through which India seeks to promote environmentally sustainable lifestyles.
The leaders exchanged views on the Commonwealth of Nations and how to further strengthen its functioning. They also appreciated the role of the Indian community in the UK in acting as a “living bridge” between both countries and enriching bilateral relations.