India, UK agree on roadmap to broaden ties, to spice up cooperation in Indo-Pacific


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New Delhi, Dec 16: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will go to India subsequent month to attend the Republic Day celebrations because the chief visitor, UK International Secretary Dominic Raab introduced on Tuesday after holding talks with Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar throughout which the 2 sides agreed on the important thing components of an bold 10-year roadmap to additional broaden ties, and likewise enhance strategic cooperation within the Indo-Pacific area.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with his British counterpart Dominic Raab

Duing their wide-ranging talks, Jaishankar and Raab additionally mentioned methods to boost commerce partnership which could possibly be a stepping stone in the direction of a future free commerce settlement.

At a joint press convention with Raab, Jaishankar stated the almost four-hour talks targeted on 5 key areas –trade and prosperity, defence and safety, local weather change, healthcare and people-to-people connectivity.

The 2 sides additionally reviewed the state of affairs in Afghanistan, the evolution of the Indo-Pacific and developments within the Center East moreover dialogue on shared issues over challenges posed by terrorism and radicalism, he stated.

“Total, it could be truthful to say that we had a really productive dialogue as our partnership turns into extra bold and consequential,” Jaishankar stated.

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Raab stated “Prime Minister Boris Johnson has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hitch the UK-hosted G7 summit subsequent 12 months. The UK Prime Minister has additionally accepted the very beneficiant invitation to attend India’s Republic Day celebrations (as chief visitor) in January which is a good honour.”

Based on Downing Road, Johnson whereas describing India as a key participant within the Indo-Pacific area stated that his go to will mark the beginning of an “thrilling 12 months” for International Britain and ship a “quantum leap” within the bilateral ties.

Downing Road stated that commerce and funding, defence and safety, well being and local weather change have been recognized as among the precedence areas of give attention to either side for the go to within the New 12 months.

“I’m completely delighted to be visiting India subsequent 12 months at the beginning of an thrilling 12 months for International Britain, and look ahead to delivering the quantum leap in our bilateral relationship that Prime Minister Modi and I’ve pledged to realize,” stated Johnson.

“As a key participant within the Indo-Pacific area, India is an more and more indispensable associate for the UK as we work to spice up jobs and progress, confront shared threats to our safety and shield our planet,” he stated.

Speaking about rising congruence in strategic ties, the British overseas secretary stated a better relationship with India, and the broader Indo-Pacific area, is among the “very highest coverage priorities” for the UK authorities.

“We agreed on the important thing components of a 10-year UK-India roadmap in order that we will ship a step change in ambition for the connection between our two nations. We look ahead to taking this ahead in 2021 ,together with by the UK’s Presidency of the G7 and likewise our Presidency of the UN Local weather Change Convention,” Raab stated.

Noting that India and the UK have already got a robust and rising commerce relationship and within the 12 months earlier than the pandemic hit, bilateral commerce between India and the UK grew at a vibrant 11 per cent, the British overseas secretary stated the UK needs to additional deepen its financial partnership.

“Now what we wish to do is take that as much as one other degree working in the direction of agreeing an enhanced commerce partnership subsequent 12 months, which itself we hope will probably be a stepping stone in the direction of a future Free Commerce Settlement,” he stated.

Raab’s three-day go to to India from December 14-17 comes at a time the UK is holding advanced negotiations with the European Union on reaching a put up Brexit commerce deal.

Within the wake of Brexit, the UK has been ramping up commerce cooperation with main economies like India.

There have been apprehensions that its separation from the European Union with out a commerce deal may severely cripple its monetary markets and should have long-term implications for its economic system.

Raab’s go to additionally comes days after protests had been held exterior the Indian Excessive Fee in London in help of agitating farmers towards the newly enacted farm legal guidelines.

New Delhi has already taken up the problem of security and safety of its employees in its mission with British authorities.

Nonetheless, there was no official phrase on whether or not the problem figured in Jaishankar-Raab talks.

The British overseas secretary additionally stated that his authorities is dedicated to constructing a stronger defence and safety partnership with India, including it’ll assist in tackling shared problems with concern reminiscent of, terrorism and maritime safety in addition to piracy within the Western Indian Ocean.

“It’s going to additionally assist us reply to the brand new and rising challenges like area and cybersecurity. We wish to work collectively to make sure our telecoms networks, our 5G networks, are safer and resilient,” he stated.

Jaishankar, in his remarks, additionally stated,”as democratic polities, market economies and pluralistic societies, we will, we must always and we’ll make a distinction to the realisation of a rules-based world order.”

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