Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a virtual summit with his British counterpart Boris Johnson on May 4, wherein a comprehensive Roadmap 2030 will also be launched to pave the way for further expanding and deepening the cooperation between the two countries.

The meeting was scheduled to take place in January when Johnson was invited as the chief guest on Republic Day. But he had to call off his India visit due to the surging number of Coronavirus cases in Britain. 

In March, the Britain government had announced that the prime minister would visit India on April 26, but again he had to cancel his visit due to the Covid pandemic in India.

The comprehensive roadmap 2030 will broadly focus on five key areas -- people-to-people relationship, trade and prosperity, defence and security, climate action and healthcare.

"The two countries enjoy a Strategic Partnership since 2004. It has been marked by regular high-level exchanges and growing convergences in diverse areas," the External Affairs Ministry said.

"The Summit will be an important opportunity to elevate our multi-faceted strategic ties and enhance cooperation on regional and global issues of mutual interest," it said in a statement.

During the summit, the two prime ministers will also discuss Covid-19 cooperation and the global efforts to fight the pandemic.

As part of international cooperation in assisting India's fight against a surge in coronavirus cases, 1,000 more ventilators will be sent from the UK to Indian hospitals.
 
This is in addition to 200 ventilators, 495 oxygen concentrators and 3 oxygen generation units sent to India last week.

In another development, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be visiting London from May 3-6 to participate in the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting, at which India has been invited as a guest country. 

"He will thereafter undertake a bilateral visit to the UK," the ministry said.