Britain and India pledged a “quantum leap” in their relationship after a hypothetical meeting between the prime ministers of the two countries, Boris Johnson and Narendra Modi, on Tuesday.
London and New Delhi have said they aim to double their trade by 2030.
Johnson said, in a British statement issued after the meeting, that a “new era” began with the largest democracy in the world, and that Britain would continue to support India as it combated the Corona virus pandemic.
He announced that London would send emergency equipment and oxygen to help India deal with the high number of injuries, according to Bloomberg News.
The Johnson-Modi meeting comes as Britain tries to cement diplomatic and economic alliances after leaving the European Union and as it prepares to host the G7 summit in June.
Britain has announced an expectation of 1 billion pounds (1.4 billion dollars) in additional trade with India over an unspecified period of time, which it said will create 6,500 British jobs.