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UK PM Rishi Sunak Joins G20 Summit, Embraces ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ Theme

For the G20 Summit, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murthy arrived in New Delhi. Rishi Sunak tweeted after arriving in New Delhi that he was “meeting world leaders to address some of the challenges that impact each and every one of us.” In response to his post, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished him a warm welcome in India.

After settling in, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak spoke in-depth with news agency ANI on a range of bilateral issues involving India and the UK, including the Khalistani protests and challenges affecting the Indian diaspora in the UK.

In reference to his positive connection with PM Modi, Rishi Sunak stated,  “I have enormous respect for Modi Ji, and he’s been personally very warm and kind to me. And we’re working very hard, as I said, on our shared ambition of concluding an ambitious and comprehensive trade deal between India and the UK, because both of us think that would be a good thing and both of us need to make sure it works for our two countries. And at forums like this, I’m very keen to support Prime Minister Modi in making sure that this G20 is an enormous success for India, which I know it will be…”. 

Rishi Sunak on Khalistani extremism 

Sunak also discussed occurrences involving pro-Khalistan individuals in the UK. It’s a really important issue, and let me just state categorically that the UK will not tolerate any type of extremism or violence of that nature. And because of this, we are collaborating closely with the Indian government to combat “PKE,” or pro-Khalistan extremism. He declared, “I don’t think it’s right.

“Our security minister recently met with counterparts in India. Working groups have been formed to exchange information and intelligence in order to combat this kind of violent extremism. It’s not right and I won’t tolerate it in the UK”, Sunak added.

India has expressed alarm about rising pro-Khalistani extremist activity in the United Kingdom, including the March attack on the Indian High Commission in London.

“I’m a proud Hindu,” – Rishi Sunak

The first British prime minister of Hindu descent, Sunak, also discussed Hinduism. “I’m a proud Hindu, and I was brought up that way. I am in that way. Hopefully while I’m here for the next several days, I can stop by a Mandir. I have all of my rakhis from my sister and my cousins because we just celebrated Raksha Bandhan, but I didn’t have time to properly celebrate Janmashtami the other day,” he remarked.

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak stated, “I think it is a terrific theme. Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” is the theme chosen by India for the G20. When you refer to “One Family,” I serve as an illustration of the remarkable living bridge between the UK and India that PM Modi spoke about, as there are nearly 2 million people of Indian descent living in the UK. So it’s incredibly special for me to come here as British Prime Minister in the country where my family is from.”

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