India-UK talks on Infra, Defence

External Affairs Minister of India S Jaishankar and British Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss held talks on Infrastructure and Defence on October 22, 2021.

Key Points

  • The talk was focused on infrastructure investment, defence cooperation and security cooperation.
  • Liz Truss is also expected to announce a series of technological and infrastructure tie-ups with India for boosting the Indian as well as British economies. These tie-ups will also help the developing countries to grow in sustainable and clean manner.
  • Both the ministers also reviewed the “Roadmap 2030” which was launched during India-UK Virtual Summit on May 4, 2021.

India-UK defence deal

Both the countries also agreed to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. They also stressed on the need of safe and unhindered access for humanitarian aid in Afghanistan.

Significance of the move

Closer ties in the areas like tech and infrastructure will help in creating jobs and brining growth in both the countries. It will also boost developing world economies and help both the countries in promoting their values on global stage.

Roadmap 2030

India and the UK unveiled the ambitious 10-year roadmap after a virtual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. This roadmap seeks to boost cooperation along the key areas, like defence, security and healthcare.  On the occasion, they had also announced an enhanced trade partnership. Under the trade partnership, they agreed to negotiate a balanced and comprehensive Free Trade Agreement including an interim trade pact to deliver early gains.

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