India and the UK share a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership
India and the United Kingdom, which share a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, discussed the entire gamut of bilateral relations, regional and global issues of mutual interests, during Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra’s visit to the UK on May16-17 for the 16th round of Foreign Office Consultations, the Ministry of External Affairs said.
Apart from holding FOCs with UK’s Sir Philip Barton, Permanent Under-Secretary, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Foreign Secretary Kwatra also held a meeting with MOS Foreign Office Lord Tariq Ahmad, the MEA said.
Foreign Secretary Kwatra also held talks with MOS for Defence Procurement, James Cartlidge, NSA, Sir Tim Barrow, UK Home Office Permanent Secretary, Matthew Rycroft, Chief Trade Negotiator of the UK, Crawford Falconer and Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the UK Prime Minister, Professor John Bew, the MEA added.
Writing about a meeting between Foreign Secretary Kwatra and British NSA Sir Tim Barrow on May 17 on social media, the UK-based Indian High Commission said, “Foreign Secretary @AmbVMKwatra met UK NSA Sir Tim Barrow today and discussed key areas of bilateral ties as well as the broader geopolitical security landscape.”
Foreign Secretary Kwatra and Permanent Under-Secretary Sir Philip Barton undertook a detailed review of the Roadmap 2030.
They welcomed “good progress across all pillars, they underscored their interest to raise the level of ambition and agreed to further strengthen bilateral cooperation including in trade and economic, defence and security, science and technology, people-to-people ties and mobility, energy, and climate change, as well as health,” the Ministry maintained.
The two sides agreed to hold the next round of Foreign Office Consultations in 2025 in New Delhi, the MEA said.
India and the UK share a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership which has been strengthened across all domains through regular high-level political exchanges and meetings of bilateral institutional mechanisms.
Earlier on March 12, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
Both leaders had reaffirmed their commitment to continue to strengthen the bilateral Comprehensive Strategic partnership.
They expressed satisfaction on the progress made under the Roadmap 2030 in diverse areas including trade, investment, defence, security, emerging technologies and others.
They assessed positively the progress made towards early conclusion of a mutually beneficial Free Trade Agreement.
The two leaders also exchanged views on regional and global developments of mutual interest.