Gandhinagar: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrived in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on Thursday morning to begin his two-day visit to India. He started by visiting Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram and tried his hand at spinning the ‘Charkha’.
The British Prime Minister was received by Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, Education Minister Jitu Vaghani, Protocol Minister Jagdish Vishwakarma and senior Gujarat government officials at Gujarat Airport. ‘Ahmedabad. Johnson received a royal welcome with dancers and musicians performing along the four-kilometre road between the airport and a city hotel.
Johnson began his visit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state by visiting Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram where he spent nearly 30 minutes. He also tried his hand at spinning the ‘Charkha’.
Later, he met billionaire Gautam Adani. The meeting between the two took place at Adani Group headquarters located in Shantigram, Ahmedabad.
Johnson received a traditional welcome. Many important issues such as energy transition, climate action, aerospace and defense technologies and human capital development were discussed between Boris Johnson and Gautam Adani.
“Honored to welcome @BorisJohnson, the first British Prime Minister to visit Gujarat, at Adani headquarters. Delighted to support the climate and sustainability agenda with a focus on renewable energy, green H2 and new energy. I will also work with UK companies to co-create defense and aerospace technologies,” Adani tweeted after the UK Prime Minister’s visit.
Boris Johnson then opened a new factory set up by a leading UK-based group to manufacture JCB machines at the Halol plant. Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel accompanied the British Prime Minister to Halol. Johnson also interacted with plant workers before climbing onto a 4X4 bulldozer at the newly opened facility.
He then visited the Gujarat University of Biotechnology campus being built in Gandhinagar as the university prepares in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh in the UK. He was accompanied by the Chief Minister of Gujarat and the Minister of Science and Technology.
Before concluding his visit to Gujarat, the British Prime Minister visited the famous Akshardham temple of the Swaminarayan sect in Gandhinagar.
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