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Jaishankar meets UK PM Rishi Sunak on Diwali, gifts cricket bat with Virat Kohli’s autograph


External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who is on a visit to the UK, celebrated Diwali with PM Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty at 10 Downing Street on Sunday at 10 Downing Street.

Jaishankar and his wife, Kyoko Jaishankar also offered prayers at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Neasden Temple) in London during his UK visit.

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is Europe’s first authentic and traditionally built Hindu temple.

Taking to his official handle on X, EAM Jaishankar shared details about his meeting with the UK PM. He posted, “Delighted to call on Prime Minister @RishiSunak on #Diwali Day. Conveyed the best wishes of PM @narendramodi. India and the UK are actively engaged in reframing the relationship for contemporary times. Thank Mr. and Mrs. Sunak for their warm reception and gracious hospitality.”

UK PM Rishi Sunak, wife Akshata Murty host Diwali event at Downing Street | See Images

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