NEW DELHI: British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, on Wednesday, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi where the two held discussions covering various facets of the India-UK partnership, according to the Ministry of External Affairs.
“UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Discussions covered various facets of our strategic partnership,” read a tweet from Anurag Srivastava, official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs.
On Tuesday, Raab met Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar where he said that the UK will be working closely with India to tackle climate change.
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Earlier on Tuesday, the UK foreign secretary also met with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar where the two discussed opportunities in a post-Covid post-Brexit world for a stronger India-UK partnership. He said that the UK and India are committed to building a stronger defence partnership between the two countries which would help to tackle shared issues like terrorism, maritime security and privacy.
“We want to deepen our economic partnership — we already have a strong trade relationship. In the year before the pandemic hit, bilateral trade between India and the UK grew at a vibrant 11 per cent. Now what we want to do is to take that to another level — working towards a green and enhanced trade partnership,” Raab said at a joint statement following the India-UK ministerial dialogue.
He added, “We are committed to building a stronger defence and security partnership with our Indian friends that will help us tackle shared issues of concerns whether it is terrorism, maritime security and including piracy in the Western Indian Ocean.”
The UK Foreign Secretary said that the two countries “want to” work together in order to ensure secure telecom and 5G networks.
The External Affairs Ministry said that Raab’s visit will pave the way for further strengthening of the partnership across trade, defence, climate, migration and mobility, education, and health sectors in the post-Covid, post-Brexit context.
Climate change accord
Foreign secretary Dominic Raab on Thursday concluded his three-day visit to India with the signing of a series of agreements in Bengaluru signalling the UK’s strong partnership with India on climate change.
According to an official statement, Raab met the Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yediyurappa to discuss strengthening UK and Karnataka relations in key areas, including higher education, trade, and investment. During the meeting, he oversaw the signing of a British Council and Karnataka Government MoU which will accelerate cooperation in Higher Education partnerships, as well as increase student exchanges between Karnataka and the UK. UK’s CDC Group, India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), and the Green Growth Equity Fund announce 290m Pound (USD386m) investment to boost green energy transition, the High Commission said.
The UK and India will co-invest 1.5m Pound in the Neev fund to support green recovery. Speaking at a sustainability showcase held at the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said, “The UK and India partnership is helping to create a cleaner, greener planet and our joint investment in the Neev fund will help give entrepreneurs and their ideas the opportunity to grow.”
Earlier, the Foreign Secretary met the key members of the Indian business community to discuss trade opportunities.
In Bangalore, the foreign secretary also met research staff at the Indian Institute of Science working on a 13m Pound research project, a global challenges research fund project, which will deliver two demonstration buildings in India capable of meeting their own energy needs at the same time as supplying energy to the local grid, the High Commission said. (ANI)