World leaders have been reacting to Rishi Sunak’s victory in the race to be the next British prime minister.
Many offered their congratulations, and expressed hope for stability after a “turbulent” few weeks.
What the leadership is saying
“As you become UK PM, I look forward to working closely together on global issues, and implementing Roadmap 2030,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, referring to a framework agreement struck between the two countries. “Special Diwali wishes to the ‘living bridge’ of UK Indians, as we transform our historic ties into a modern partnership.”
What the press is saying
Mr Sunak’s appointment has been big news in India, with Indian news channels breaking into rolling coverage. “Indian son rises over the Empire, history comes full circle in Britain,” was how one channel put it.
It is no surprise that there is a lot of interest in Mr Sunak’s rise in India. His grandparents come from Punjab, while his father-in-law is Narayana Murthy, is the founder of Infosys and one of India’s best-known businessmen. Sunak is also a Hindu who took his oath as MP on the Hindu holy book the Bhagavad Gita. India and the UK have been trying to strike a free trade deal, but talks reportedly stalled over fears among Sunak’s party it could lead to more immigration.
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