Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi his “khas dost” (dear friend), British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Monday said that India and the United Kingdom are on path to sign a free-trade agreement by Diwali this year.

“As the next round of talks begins here next week, we’re telling our negotiators to get it done by Diwali…. this could double our trade and investment by the end of the decade,” the British PM said after his meeting with PM Modi in New Delhi.