India, UK hold bilateral dialogue on nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation

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NEW DELHI: The annual India-UK Bilateral Dialogue on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation was held virtually on Thursday, wherein the two sides held discussions on several issues including nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation and conventional weapons, among other things.

According to an official release, the discussions between two sides focused on a range of contemporary issues of mutual interest in the area of nuclear, chemical, biological disarmament and non-proliferation, conventional weapons, outer space security and export control.

BENGALURU: UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab overseeing exchange of a British Council-Karnataka Government MoU which will accelerate cooperation in Higher Education partnerships, as well as increase student exchanges between Karnataka and the UK.

India and the UK recognised the importance of the dialogue for enhancing mutual understanding and appreciation on international security issues that contribute to the bilateral strategic partnership. (ANI)

Dominic Raab in Karnatak

Concluding his three-day visit to India, UK’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab visited Karnataka where a series of agreements were signed in Bengaluru between the two countries to boost partnership on climate change.

According to an official statement issued by the British High Commission (BHC), the UK Foreign Secretary met Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to discuss strengthening UK-Karnataka relations in key areas, including higher education, trade and investment. During the meeting, Raab oversaw the signing of a British Council-Karnataka Government MoU which will accelerate cooperation in Higher Education partnerships, as well as increase student exchanges between Karnataka and the UK, the BHC said.

Speaking at a sustainability showcase held at the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, Dominic Raab said: “The UK-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.

Trade partnership

Meanwhile, Union Minister of Railways, Industry and Commerce Piyush Goyal on Thursday said that India is looking at possibilities of trade in goods and services and investments being a part of enhanced trade partnership with the United Kingdom (UK).

“We are looking at possibilities of trade in goods and services and investments being a part of our enhanced trade partnership with UK. We are looking at an option to see if it can be converted into an early harvest agreement”, he said at CII’s session on post-Brexit UK and India. He addressed the session along with Truss Liz, Secretary of State for International Trade for the UK.

Goyal said that India is excited to be hosting UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson as chief guest on the 71st Republic Day celebrations, next year. He said that this will be a turning point in the historical relationship between the two countries.