UK and India agree to deepen ties, including in universities

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson looks on as he campaigns on behalf of Conservative Party candidate Jill Mortimer in Hartlepool

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Indian leader Narendra Modi agreed in a call on Tuesday to try to deepen cooperation on areas such as education, health, science and defence.

During a virtual meeting that replaced a planned Johnson visit, the two prime ministers agreed a '2030 Roadmap' which will seek to deepen ties, particularly through universities on research areas.

"The agreements we have made today mark the beginning of a new era in the UK-India relationship," Johnson said in a statement.

(Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Michael Holden)