India, UK hold their second Multilateral Dialogue in London
Multilateral Dialogue between India and the UK was decided during the virtual summit between the two countries' PMs in May this year
India and the United Kingdom held the second Multilateral Dialogue in London on Monday and the two sides exchanged views on issues of mutual interest pertaining to UN reforms, counterterrorism, peacekeeping and climate action, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement issued on Wednesday.
According to the MEA, both sides also discussed the Commonwealth Strategic Plan and priorities. They agreed to continue to work closely to further deepen their cooperation on multilateral issues.
At the Dialogue, while the Indian delegation was led by Prakash Gupta, Joint Secretary (UN Political), Ministry of External Affairs and the UK side was led by Harriet Mathews CMB OBE, Deputy Political Director for UN, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), said a MEA statement.
The UK side congratulated India on its successful presidency of the UN Security Council in August 2021.
Earlier on Monday, India and the UK held their inaugural maritime dialogue, discussing a range of issues including Indo-Pacific cooperation.
At this Summit, the two sides had adopted India-UK Roadmap 2030 for future relations.
Through this ambitious Roadmap, the two countries decided to elevate the India-UK relationship to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP).
According to the document, the roadmap will guide cooperation for the next ten years covering all aspects of India-UK multi-faceted relations.
Multilateral cooperation is an important facet of the India-UK Roadmap 2030.
As per the roadmap, the two countries pledged to strengthen cooperation and coordination in the UN, including at the UNSC and UNFCCC, and other multilateral fora such as G-20, WTO (in the run up to the twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference in November 2021), WHO, Commonwealth, IMF and World Bank etc., while preserving their core principles.
They would promote and uphold a rules-based international system and work together to promote reformed multilateralism to make international organizations, including the UN Security Council, more representative, reflecting contemporary realities, and more effective in addressing current global challenges through regular contacts and exchange of views between MEA and Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and between our delegations in New York and Geneva.