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The Prime Minister announced new trade with India that could create more than 6,500 jobs.

Boris Johnson said the deal is worth £ 1 billion and paves the way for a free trade deal between the two countries.

Mr Johnson and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are due to meet on Tuesday, although talks will be held virtually after Mr Johnson was forced to cancel a visit to India due to the devastating coronavirus outbreak in the country.

The trade deal includes more than £ 533million in investment from India, which is expected to create more than 6,000 jobs in sectors such as health and tech.

This includes an investment from the Serum Institute of India which will support clinical trials, research and eventual vaccine manufacture. It’s worth £ 240million.

UK companies have also signed export deals with India worth more than £ 446million, which are expected to create more than 400 UK jobs.

Mr Johnson said: “Like all aspects of UK-India relations, the economic ties between our countries make our people stronger and more secure.

“Each of the more than 6,500 jobs we announced today will help families and communities rebuild after the coronavirus and boost the UK and Indian economies.

“In the coming decade, with the help of a new partnership signed today and a comprehensive free trade agreement, we will double the value of our trade partnership with India and strengthen the relationship between our two countries to new heights. “

Mr Johnson’s first visit to India was scheduled for January but was delayed due to the winter wave of coronavirus in the UK.

Another trip was scheduled for April, but it was postponed indefinitely last month.

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