Rishi Sunak has described his first trip to India as Prime Minister as a “special” moment, as he pointed to descriptions of him as “India’s son-in-law”.
Speaking on a flight to Delhi ahead of the G20 summit, the Prime Minister said the country was “very near and dear to me”.
He added that he was “excited” to return with his wife Akshata Murty having paused his annual trips to India when he became Chancellor.
Mr Sunak is the first British Prime Minister of Indian descent and Narendra Modi has suggested that he is as an example of the “living bridge” between the two nations.
Mrs Murty’s parents, the billionaire IT entrepreneur Narayana Murty and Sudha, a teacher and philanthropist, are prominent figures in India. Mr Murty has previously been dubbed “the Bill Gates of India”.
The Prime Minister is expected to meet Mr Modi on the first day of the G20 summit, on Saturday, when discussions are likely to include outstanding elements of the trade deal being thrashed out between the UK and India.
Mr Sunak and Mrs Murty will make several joint visits during their brief trip to the country, including to a Hindu temple in Delhi.
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