LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday declared a new era in UK-India relations following a virtual summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which culminated in the 2 leaders agreeing on a ‘2030 Roadmap’ as a framework for strengthening ties throughout well being, local weather, commerce, training, science and know-how, and defence.
Downing Street stated the 2 Prime Ministers have pledged to attain a “quantum leap” in the UK-India relationship and that India has elevated the standing of its relationship with the UK to a “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” – the primary European nation to be granted that standing.
An Enhanced Trade Partnership, which had been introduced earlier, was reiterated as a place to begin to barter a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in future, with an ambition for bilateral commerce to be doubled over the subsequent decade.
“The agreements we have made today mark the beginning of a new era in the UK-India relationship,” Johnson said.
“The UK and India share many elementary values. The UK is one of the oldest democracies, and India is the world’s largest. We are each dedicated members of the Commonwealth. And there’s a dwelling bridge uniting the folks of our international locations,” he stated.
“In the last week the British people have stepped up in their thousands to support our Indian friends during this terrible time in a demonstration of the deep connection between the UK and India. This connection will only grow over the next decade as we do more together to tackle the world’s biggest problems and make life better for our people,” Johnson added.
The ‘2030 Roadmap’, to be published in full by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and agreed between the two sides, includes plans to expand the UK-India health partnership to enhance global health security and pandemic resilience. This includes firming up international supply chains to ensure critical medicines, vaccines and other medical products reach those who need them most.