Rishi Sunak claims he feels like India’s ‘son-in-law’ as he heads to G20 Summit | Politics | News | EUROtoday

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Rishi Sunak has stated he feels like “India’s son-in-law” forward of his return to the nation that’s “very near and dear” to him.

The Prime Minister, Britain’s first chief descended from the commonwealth nation, is touchdown in New Delhi later this morning for the G20 summit the place he will meet with the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.

He is accompanied by his spouse Akshata Murty, daughter of one in all India’s richest males, who was born and grew up there.

Speaking to reporters on the aircraft final night time, he referred to as it “special” to be returning.

He stated: “I’ll be visiting a country that is very near and dear to me. I haven’t been back for a few years.

“I used to be meant to go really in 2020 – we take our household usually in February half time period yearly – and I bought made Chancellor proper earlier than and I didn’t get to go along with the remainder of my household then so I haven’t been for a short time.

“It’s obviously special.

“I noticed someplace that I used to be referred to as India’s son in regulation, which I hope was meant affectionately. But look I’m excited to be again. It’s good to have Akshata with me as properly.”

Mr Sunak’s paternal grandfather was from Gujranwala, in present-day Pakistan, while his maternal grandfather was from Ludhiana, now India. Both cities at the time were in Punjab province, British India.

His grandparents migrated to East Africa, and then to the UK in the 1960s.

His wife Akshata is also the daughter of NR Narayana Murty, the founder of Indian IT giant Infosys and a major figure in the country.

Downing Street called his trip “historic” and said it would be “a strong reminder of the residing bridge between the 2 nations”.

Mr Sunak views the Summit as a chance to discuss global issues, including climate change and new technology.

The Prime Minister said the Russian leader was steering clear of confrontation with the West following his invasion of Ukraine because he “does not need to be held accountable”.

Asked by reporters whether he had a message for Mr Lavrov at the G20, he said: “When it comes to Lavrov, the message is, the truth that Putin is just not there demonstrates his isolation within the international group.

“He wasn’t there last year, he is not there this year to answer for what he is doing.

“He does not need to be held accountable.”