Britain’s international secretary and his Indian counterpart met on Tuesday in New Delhi in an effort to deepen ties between their nations.
Dominic Raab and Indian Exterior Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar held talks for about 4 hours and mentioned a variety of points, together with the post-pandemic world, protection, commerce and the atmosphere, the diplomats advised experiences after their assembly.
“The main focus has been on take our ties to the next degree,” Jaishankar mentioned. He mentioned he and Raab centered on 5 broad themes — connecting folks, commerce and prosperity, protection and safety, local weather change and well being.
The 2 sides additionally mentioned the state of affairs in Afghanistan, the evolution of the Indo-Pacific area and developments within the Center East, Jaishankar mentioned. “As democratic polities, market economies and pluralistic societies, we are able to, we should always and we’ll make a distinction to the conclusion of a rules-based international order,” he mentioned.
Raab, who arrived in India on Monday, mentioned Britain desires to deepen its financial partnership with India. “We’re dedicated to constructing a stronger protection and safety partnership with India that may assist us deal with shared points associated to terrorism and maritime safety,” he mentioned.
He additionally mentioned that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had accepted India’s Republic Day celebrations invitation on January 26.
“As a key participant within the Indo-Pacific area, India is an more and more indispensable accomplice for the UK as we work to spice up jobs and progress, confront shared threats to our safety and defend our planet,” Johnson mentioned in an announcement launched by his workplace.
India and Britain have loved a strategic partnership since 2004, marked by common high-level exchanges and cooperation in various areas. In response to official statistics, India’s commerce with Britain in 2017 and 2018 was price $14.5 billion.
Raab’s three-day go to to India comes at a time when Britain is ramping up commerce with main economies and likewise holding complicated negotiations with the European Union on reaching a post-Brexit commerce deal.
“The international secretary comes at a vital time as a result of we’re taking a look at a post-Covid world and likewise taking a look at a post-Brexit world from the angle of the UK,” Jaishankar mentioned.
Raab can even meet with Indian Atmosphere Minister Prakash Javadekar and Training Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal.