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King Charles and PM Modi hold action oriented first conversation

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with King Charles III on the telephone for the first time after the monarch assumed the Office of the Sovereign of the UK. PM Modi conveyed his best wishes to Britain's monarch for a successful reign.

According to the PMO release, several subjects of mutual interest were discussed during the call, including Climate Action, biodiversity conservation, innovative solutions for financing energy transition and more. PM Modi also appreciated His Majesty's abiding interest and advocacy on these issues.

"It was a pleasure to speak with His Majesty King Charles III on issues of mutual interest, including environmental protection, climate resilience, and the Commonwealth. Also discussed the priorities of India's G20 Presidency, and the potential of Mission LiFE," PM Modi wrote in a tweet.

During the telephone conversation on December 3, the Prime Minister briefed His Majesty on India's priorities for its G20 Presidency, including the 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. Mission LiFE is India's signature initiative at the United Nations and other international platforms for showcasing climate action and early achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The leaders exchanged views on the Commonwealth of Nations and how to strengthen its functioning further. 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.

King Charles III was officially announced as Britain's monarch on September 8, 2022, following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

India and UK are negotiating to finalise a Free Trade Agreement.

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