India, UK agree to enhance ties on West Asia & Indo-Pacific

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BRAND-NEW DELHI: India and UK consented to strengthen cooperation in West Asia and Indo-Pacific, the 2 regions where India is focusing its diplomatic and security interests, after checking out UK foreign secretary Liz Truss and foreign minister S Jaishankar held talks this evening at Hyderabad House.
According to an MEA readout, the 2 sides “concurred to strengthen cooperation in West Asia and the Indo-Pacific, on countering terrorism and radical extremism, and addressing emerging obstacles in the cyber and area domains.”
Truss fulfilled finance minister Nirmala Sitaraman and environment minister Bhupendra Yadav– considerable as the UK prepares to host the COP26 in Glasgow next month. However, Truss was not given a call on PM Narendra Modi, showing that the recent spat on acknowledgment of vaccine accreditations is still a sore point with the Indian federal government.
Truss and Jaishankar stressed Afghan area ought to not be used to “threaten or assault any nation or to shelter or train terrorists, or to strategy or to fund terrorist attacks.” They called for unrestricted access to Afghanistan for humanitarian help.
The MEA declaration said the 2 ministers examined Roadmap 2030 and took forward discussions on “boosting cooperation in trade and investments, people-to-people relationship, health collaboration, climate modification, science & & development and defence & & security.” Both sides pressed the start of FTA negotiations.

Published at Fri, 22 Oct 2021 19:39:30 -0500

India, UK talk about Afghanistan, Indo-Pacific; concur to deepen cooperation in tactical areas of defence, security

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NEW DELHI: India and the UK on Friday accepted strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific as their foreign ministers held comprehensive talks on key bilateral and local concerns and worried the requirement for safe and unhindered access for humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and ensuring that it is not utilized to threaten or attack any country or to shelter or train terrorists.
Throughout the talks in between external affairs minister S Jaishankar and British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss, the 2 sides likewise settled on setting up the India-UK Strategic Futures Online Forum Track, a brand-new 1.5 Dialogue system to foster expert considerations on long-term tactical links between them.

Asserting that India and the UK can do a lot more in areas like sharing our knowledge on the environment ahead of the COP26 top, Truss said, “we are pleased the Prime Minister will exist.”
The 2021 United Nations Climate Modification Conference, also called COP26, is set up to be held in the city of Glasgow, Scotland, in between October 31 and November 12, 2021.
Jaishankar and Truss, who is on a main two-day visit to India, also undertook a detailed evaluation of the Roadmap 2030 introduced throughout the India-UK Virtual Top in between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson in May earlier this year.
India and the UK, after the virtual top, had actually revealed an enthusiastic 10-year roadmap to increase cooperation in crucial locations, including defence, security and health care.
“Pleased to invite UK Foreign Secretary @trussliz to Delhi. Just finished an extensive evaluation of our relationship,” Jaishankar tweeted after the talks.
The two leaders appreciated the progress made so far on the application of the Roadmap 2030 regardless of the restraints postured by the pandemic with Jaishankar noting that the roadmap was progressing well and the pillars on trade and prosperity, people to people relationship, defence and security, environment and health are all moving on.
After the talks, Truss tweeted, “India is our great buddy, a financial powerhouse and the world’s biggest democracy. Our relationship will be important over the coming years. Excellent meeting @DrSJaishankar to discuss closer partnership on innovation; investment and trade; security and defence.”
“You are a fellow democracy; you believe in free enterprise and you think in freedom. I think it’s really crucial that countries like ours work together on our shared prepare for the future,” she said.
In a declaration on the talks, the Ministry of External Affairs said both ministers invited the development in delivering the Boosted Trade Partnership announced at the virtual summit in between the 2 prime ministers.
They also underlined the requirement for launching FTA settlements at the earliest, with a concentrate on negotiating an interim contract that can provide quick gains to companies in both India and the UK, the MEA stated.
During their talks, both sides also talked about a number of regional and worldwide concerns of mutual interest while sharing their dedication to a multi-polar world and multilateralism.
They accepted strengthen cooperation in West Asia and the Indo-Pacific, on countering terrorism and extreme extremism, and dealing with emerging challenges in the cyber and space domains, the MEA stated.
While India belongs to QUAD along with the US, Japan and Australia, the UK is part of the AUKUS with Australia and the US. Both the groupings are focused on strengthening cooperation between these nations in the Indo-Pacific area.
“On Afghanistan, the need for complete, safe and unhindered gain access to for humanitarian support was talked about, as also the requirement for Afghan area not to be used to threaten or assault any nation or to shelter or train terrorists, or to strategy or to fund terrorist attacks,” it stated.
Earlier in the day, Jaishankar also held a conference with UK Chief of the Defence Staff General Nicholas Carter throughout which they went over the Afghanistan circumstance and problems related to the Indo-Pacific.
The conversations come amidst increased global concerns over the possibility of the spread of terrorism from Afghanistan.
Jaishankar and Truss went over the Migration and Movement Partnership and the International Development Partnership and dedicated to their early application.
During their talks, Jaishankar and Truss also acknowledged the facility of brand-new dialogue mechanisms for talking about consular concerns and maritime security.
There were detailed conversations focused on enhancing cooperation in the essential top priority locations of trade and financial investments, people-to-people relationship, health partnership, environment modification, science and innovation and defence and security, the statement stated.
There is a crucial opportunity to deepen the bilateral relationship in a variety of locations, whether its security and defence, technology and health, the British foreign secretary stated and congratulated India on crossing the 100-crore COVID vaccine dosages milestone.
During the day, Truss likewise met the Financing Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Environment, Forests and Climate Modification Minister Bhupender Yadav.
On Saturday, she will be visiting Mumbai where she will get involved in service and defence engagements held in connection with the see of Provider Strike Group 21 (CSG21) to India.
She would likewise pay her aspects at the memorial to honour the victims of the terrorist attack in Mumbai on 26 November 2008.

Released at Fri, 22 Oct 2021 18:41:46 -0500