India-UK sign MoUs
on nuclear energy,
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NEW DELHI: Amid the visit of the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to India, the two countries signed a number of agreements including two government-to-government Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) on Nuclear Energy Partnership and Global Innovation Partnership.

The MoU on Cooperation on Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership was signed between India’s Department of Atomic Energy and the UK’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

“The two leaders (PM Modi and PM Johnson) reaffirmed their desire to strengthen India-UK civil nuclear cooperation and welcomed the UK’s renewed collaboration with Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership (GCNEP) for jointly promoting research and training on nuclear energy studies, radioactive applications, nuclear security, and safety,” a India-UK joint statement said.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson deliver a joint press statement, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo/ Amlan Paliwal)

Another MoU on Implementation of Global Innovation Partnership between India’s Ministry of External Affairs and UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office was also signed.

“Global innovation partnership is a novel development, cooperation initiative which India and the UK agreed to cofinance, up to USD 100 million to support the transfer and scale innovations to third countries that help deliver SDGs and climate-related goals and in the process make Indian innovations go global,” Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla informed in a press briefing.

“Other institutions to institution MoUs were also concluded in the margins of the visit, including the MoU on the establishment of a short term chair at Birmingham University, signed between the Indian Council of Cultural relations and Birmingham city university, and between the National Institute of Wind Energy and offshore renewable energy catapult,” Foreign Secretary added.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo/PIB)

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrived in India on Thursday on a two-day visit, which included a day of visits and engagements in Gujarat, followed by a ceremonial welcome in New Delhi earlier today, which was followed by bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Giving a brief account of his two-day visit to India, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a video message on Saturday said that both the countries share enormous agenda of working together on green technology, defence cooperation and trade deals that will bring growth and prosperity.

“We’re coming to the end of a fantastic couple of days here in India and the agenda that we have now together is enormous and it’s incredibly exciting,” Boris Johnson said in a video message that he posted on Twitter.

Talking about the India-UK agenda, Johnson said, “It’s about driving growth and driving prosperity in both our countries, tackling the issues that are our priorities of the British people, above all, getting more high wages, high skilled jobs.”

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his UK counterpart Boris Johnson, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo/Narendra Modi Twitter)

The remarks came hours after he returned to the UK following a two day visit to Gujarat and New Delhi.

Giving an overview of his visit, the UK PM said that India and the UK are working together on clean, green technology, from wind farms to hydrogen. 

“We’ve got a massive agenda on defence and security and of course we want to get our free trade deal, a new UK-India free trade deal done by October, by Diwali,” Johnson said.

The British PM also highlighted that during the course of his visit, “deals worth a billion pounds” were signed which would bring about 11,000 new jobs in the UK.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UK premier Boris Johnson at the delegation-level talks, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo/Narendra Modi Twitter)

“The UK and India share a deep relationship and we are working as closely as ever. I am filled with optimism about the years ahead, and the security and prosperity that our partnership can deliver for generations to come,” Johnson said in the tweet accompanying the video message.

Boris Johnson’s two-day visit to India concluded on Friday evening. Johnson visited Gujarat where he met Industrialist Gautam Adani and then proceeded to the national capital and held high-level engagements including bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House.

The two countries signed a number of agreements including two government-to-government Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) on the Nuclear Energy Partnership and Global Innovation Partnership.

In addition, the two countries also announced cooperation in the defence sector, including in the jet engine development, as well as the setting up of more British defence industries in India. (ANI)