India, Britain, India to increase cooperation in Indo-Pacific region to strengthen relations for 10 years
New Delhi. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be the chief guest at the Republic Day Celebration of India in 2021. Britain’s Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, after talks with Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, informed about accepting India’s invitation for it on Tuesday. During the meeting of foreign ministers, the two sides agreed to prepare an ambitious blueprint for 10 years to further deepen their relationship. The two countries also agreed to pursue strategic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. The two sides discussed extensively on various topics during the meeting. During this, Jaishankar and Raab discussed ways to take forward business alliances which could be important in the direction of free trade agreement in future.
Jaishankar said at a joint press conference that the two sides held extensive discussions on a variety of subjects for four hours and focused on how to take their bilateral relations to a higher level. During this time five areas like business and prosperity, defense and security, climate change, people-to-people contact, healthcare were discussed. Both sides reviewed the developments related to Afghanistan, the Indo-Pacific and Western Asia. Jaishankar said, ‘Overall, our discussion has been very meaningful and our alliance has become more ambitious and fruitful.’ Britain’s Foreign Minister Dominic Raab told reporters, “Our Prime Minister Boris Johnson has accepted the invitation to be the Chief Guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations, which is a great honor.” Raab said that Prime Minister Boris Johnson invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the G-7 summit to be hosted next year in Britain.
Boris Johnson will be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations
After the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson accepted the invitation to become the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said in a joint press conference, “This India will mark the beginning of a new era of UK relations”. At the same time, according to Downing Street, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson described India as an important force in the Indo-Pacific region and said that his visit would be the beginning of a year of joy for global Britain and would greatly enhance bilateral relations. Downing Street has said that during the Prime Minister’s visit next year, the areas that will be given importance by both sides include business, investment, defense, security, health, climate change, etc. Jonson said, ‘I will visit India next year I am delighted about that which will be full of excitement for the global Britain and will greatly advance bilateral relations, which Prime Minister Modi and I have pledged to achieve. ‘ However, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said, “You know in recent years that there are big changes in global politics and we both believe that by working together our interests will be better and more effectively achieved.” . Jaishankar later said in his tweet, ‘I had a meaningful discussion with Britain’s Foreign Minister Dominic Raab today. We discussed about the opportunities for India-UK strong partnership in the post-Kovid-19 and Brexit post-world. In this regard, we are working on the blueprint of 2030. He said that apart from the situation in Afghanistan, the important issue is also the developments in the Gulf and we also discussed about the Indo-Pacific region.
Discussion on many issues between Britain and India
Earlier on Tuesday, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar met with UK Foreign Minister Dominic Raab who visited India. During this, he held talks to increase cooperation in areas such as trade, defense, education, environment and health.
Delegation-level talks were also held after the foreign ministers of the two countries met.
Raab has come here on a visit to India at a time when Britain is in complex negotiations with the European Union for a trade agreement after Brexit. Raab has come to India from December 14 to December 17. After the meeting, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said that talks with UK Foreign Minister Dominic Raab focused on further strengthening India-UK relations.
He said, ‘We reviewed the situation in Afghanistan and activities related to Gulf countries and Indo-Pacific region. Jaishankar said, “Challenges created due to terrorism and fundamentalism were discussed, which are common concerns.” He said that to speed up the pace of economic reform after Kovid-19, India-UK alliance is important. At the same time, Britain’s Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said, ‘We want to strengthen economic relations with India’.
We committed to building strong defense and security alliances with India: Britain
Raab said, ‘We agreed to prepare a 10-year blueprint for India-UK so that we can fulfill the aspirations of relations between the two countries. We are hopeful of pushing it forward in the year 2021. He said that the way the world is changing, in such a situation, issues like shipping security, supply chain, climate change are the top priority for both countries. Raab said, “Our relations are based on common interests and common values in various fields and we want to increase cooperation in many ways.” Britain’s Foreign Minister said that his government is committed to building strong defense and security alliances with India. This will help in dealing with common issues related to terrorism, shipping security and water bandit in the western Indian Ocean.
He said, ‘This will also help in tackling new and emerging challenges like space and cyber security. We want to work together to make telecom networks, 5G networks more secure. Raab said that HMS Quinn Elizabeth Career Strike Group will come to the Indian Pacific region next year. When asked by people familiar with the conversation whether there was a discussion about the deadlock between India and China in East Ladakh, he said that the two sides discussed all issues related to regional security.
Significantly, in view of Brexit, Britain is trying to strengthen trade relations with leading economies like India. It is feared that Britain’s economy will be severely damaged if it comes out of the European Union without a trade agreement. Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Shrivastava said, “Foreign Minister S Jaishankar welcomed the British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab.” The ministry said on Monday that Raab’s visit would pave the way for the strengthening of alliances in the areas of business, defense, climate, traffic, education, health in the post-Kovid-19 and post-Brexit scenario between the two countries.
Rab will also hold a meeting with Forest and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank during his visit. He will also visit Bengaluru, where he will meet Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on 17 December.