Jaishankar and British Foreign Secretary discuss the conflict in Ukraine and the situation in the Indo-Pacific astutely: The Tribune India
New Delhi, October 29
The Ukrainian conflict and the situation in the Indo-Pacific figured prominently in discussions between Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and visiting British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly on Saturday.
We learn that the two parties also took stock of the ongoing negotiations for the draft Indo-British free trade agreement.
Intelly arrived in India on Friday for a two-day visit, primarily to attend a special meeting of the United Nations Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee. It is the first visit by a senior British official after Rishi Sunak took office as India’s first British prime minister on Tuesday.
“Delighted to welcome UK Foreign Secretary @JamesCleverly on his first visit to India; shortly after we met in New York last month,” Jaishankar tweeted.
“Noted the progress of our 2030 roadmap. Also discussed the Ukrainian conflict and the Indo-Pacific,” he added.
Delighted to welcome UK Foreign Secretary @JamesCleverly on his first visit to India; shortly after we met in New York last month.
Noted progress on our 2030 roadmap. Also discussed the Ukraine conflict and the Indo-Pacific. pic.twitter.com/LCmYJPGGFr
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) October 29, 2022
During the visit, the UK Foreign Secretary announced a new collaboration between the UK and India through British International Investment.
This included £11m of UK funding invested in Kinara Capital, a female-led fintech company, according to the British High Commission.
British International Investment is designed to strengthen business ties with UK partners and generate economic growth.
The High Commission said Cleverly had also announced a £22 million investment from the UK-backed Neev II Fund in Hygenco, which will help India’s green energy transition by pioneering the green hydrogen.
India hosted the meeting of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee in its capacity as Chairman.
While the first day meeting took place in Mumbai on Friday, the second day deliberations took place in Delhi on Saturday.
The India-UK relationship was elevated to a comprehensive strategic partnership during the virtual India-UK summit held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his then British counterpart, Boris Johnson, in May from last year.
At the summit, the two sides adopted a 10-year roadmap to expand ties in key areas of trade and economy, defense and security, climate change and people-to-people relations, among others. .
The two parties are also conducting negotiations for the rapid finalization of the free trade agreement.
In April, the two sides had set a Diwali deadline for the conclusion of the FTA, but the deal could not be finalized due to differences over some issues as well as political developments in the UK.
On the sidelines of the UN meeting, Jaishankar also met with UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem Al Hashimy and Albanian Deputy Foreign Minister Albania Megi Fino.
“So nice to meet UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, Reem Al Hashimy. Her participation in the UNSC special meeting reflects confidence in our comprehensive strategic partnership. terrorism means for the world and global responses,” Jaishankar tweeted.
During his meeting with Megi, he said the full potential of the bilateral relationship was discussed.
“A good meeting with Megi Fino, FM assistant from Albania. His participation in the special meeting of the UNSC reflects our excellent cooperation during our tenure at the UNSC. We discussed exploring the full potential of our bilateral relationship. We will also cooperate closely in multilateral forums,” he said.
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