Foreign Secy’s London visit was aimed at strengthening India-UK bilateral cooperation across multiple fronts | India news

NEW DELHI: Secretary of State Vinay Kwatra paid an official visit to Great Britain from 16-17 May for the 16th round of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ consultations with Sir Philip BartonPermanent Under-Secretary, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a press release.
During the visit he also held meetings with MOS Foreign Office Lrd Tariq Ahmad, o MOS for Defense Procurement James Cartlidge, NSA Sir Tim Barrow, UK Home Office Permanent Secretary Matthew Rycroft, Chief Trade Negotiator for the UK Crawford Falconer and Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the British Prime Minister Professor John Bew, added the announcement.
Both sides discussed the full range of bilateral relations and regional and global issues of common interest. The Secretary of State and the Permanent Under Secretary undertook a detailed review of Roadmap 2030, it also said.
They welcomed good progress across all pillars, underlined their interest in raising the level of ambition and agreed to further strengthen bilateral cooperation including in trade and economy, defense and security, science and technology, people-to-people ties and mobility, energy and climate change, and health.
In his meeting with Sir Philip Barton, they “reviewed progress on the UK-India 2030 Roadmap since the last dialogue in January 2023 and looked forward to the next phase of bilateral cooperation,” the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said in a press release earlier.
During the visit, Kwatra also met UK’s Minister for South Asia Lord Tariq Ahmad and discussed Free Trade Agreementmigration and the Commonwealth, according to the press release.
Lord Ahmad said: “We are delighted to host Indian Foreign Secretary Kwatra in London to underline the UK’s commitment to deepening engagement with India. I look forward to our relationship going from strength to strength and working together on trade, defence, climate and health.”
In 2021, India and the UK agreed on ambitious plans for the next decade of the bilateral relationship with the ‘2030 Roadmap’, which includes commitments to deepen cooperation on health, climate, trade, education, science and technology and defence.
Notably, the thirteenth round of negotiations on the UK-India Free Trade Agreement was held from September 18 to December 15, 2023, according to the press release from the Department of Trade and Industry. The negotiations included sessions both in person, in London and Delhi and virtual conversations.
India and the United Kingdom share a comprehensive strategic partnership which has been strengthened across all domains through regular high-level policy exchanges and meetings of bilateral institutional mechanisms.
It was agreed to hold the next round of State Department consultations in 2025 in New Delhi, the release added.

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