Shringla holds talks with British officials in London to boost bilateral relations

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LONDON: India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla held talks with Philip R Barton, Permanent Under Secretary at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, during which they agreed to strengthen the UK-India partnership and work together to tackle global challenges, such as climate change and security.

Shringla arrived in London early this week to take forward India and UK strategic partnership. During the talks, Shringla and Barton exchanged views on global and regional issues, international terrorism and COVID-19 pandemic response.

LONDON: British Home Secretary Priti Patel and India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla pose for photographers before formal talks on Wednesday.

The meeting was the latest in a series of high-level UK-India engagements, following the Finance Minister-led Economic and Financial Dialogue held last week and the subsequent virtual visit of the Minister for Investment. It precedes a planned High-Level Trade Ministerial in November.

During the meeting, Barton extended an invitation for Prime Minister Modi to attend the December Climate Ambition Summit. The UK, as COP26 (to be held in Glasgow next December) President, the UN and France will host the virtual leader-level Summit on 12 December on the five-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement, in partnership with Chile (as COP25 Presidents) and Italy (COP26 partners).

Harsh V Shringla on Wednesday called on UK’s Acting National Security Advisor (NSA) David Quarrey wherein they reviewed the progress of India-UK growing cooperation in several issues.

They reviewed progress of India-UK growing cooperation in security sector, fight against international terrorism and new & emerging threats and challenges,” India in UK tweeted.

Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla on Wednesday called on UK’s Acting National Security Advisor (NSA) David Quarrey wherein they reviewed the progress of India-UK growing cooperation in several issues.They reviewed progress of India-UK growing cooperation in security sector, fight against international terrorism and new & emerging threats and challenges,” India in UK tweeted.

He also met Home Secretary Priti Patel as well and discussed a “wide range of issues”. Meanwhile, Addressing the Policy Exchange think tank on the topic of ‘India’s Vision of the Indo-Pacific’, he said that the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit are both “game changers” that have forced countries to think very carefully about geopolitical aspirations and how they define the course of future economic and political energies.