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UK PM’s India Visit Marking New Kind Of Relationship: Envoy



UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had cancelled his India go to in January (File)


UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s scheduled go to to India on the finish of the subsequent month guarantees to be a really important marking of a brand new form of relationship throughout commerce and funding in addition to the change of individuals and concepts between India and the UK, British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis mentioned on Friday.

The envoy, who’s accountable for finalising the prime ministerial go to agenda, highlighted a number of pillars of focus for the bilateral engagement, masking areas similar to defence and safety and local weather motion and healthcare, together with cooperation within the space of COVID-19 vaccines.

“This is the first major bilateral visit that this Prime Minister would have made to any country outside the UK, that says quite a lot about the significance of the India relationship which he seeks,” mentioned Mr Ellis, addressing a PTI query on the go to throughout a digital seminar organised by the London-based suppose tank International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

“It is very exciting that he is coming. He was planning to come in January, but the Covid situation in the UK put paid to that, but he is very keen to come and we are really looking forward to what we hope will be a very significant marking of a new kind of relationship,” he mentioned.

Addressing the seminar entitled ‘The UK’s Integrated Review: affect on relations with India”, the senior diplomat who had been concerned with the formulation of the Integrated Review launched earlier this week famous that on main world points similar to local weather change there will be “no solution without India”.

“This visit should have the various pillars: It has to have a defence and security part, given the high degree of trust around how we work together; global issues of climate and health, of which vaccines no doubt will be a part; trade and investment, including a new trading relationship; but also, the flow of people and ideas and technology between our two countries and how we deal with that in the world more generally, I think will be the essential elements of this visit,” he added.

The Integrated Review, a complete realignment of the UK’s overseas coverage outlook in a post-Brexit period, had highlighted an Indo-Pacific tilt. Lord Jo Johnson, the UK Prime Minister’s youthful brother, famous that the small print of such a tilt shall be fleshed out throughout Boris Johnson’s go to in April.

As a member of the delegation over the past India go to by former UK Prime Minister Theresa May, the previous minister identified that whereas that tour “marked something of a low point in terms of bilateral relations”, issues are going to get rather a lot higher quick with the upcoming go to.

“The real meat in the new approach to the region and to India will probably become concrete during the Prime Minister’s visit next month,” mentioned Lord Johnson.

“This is a really important visit in the UK context. We haven’t had a big bilateral visit for a couple of years, and this is certainly the first by this Prime Minister. The fact that he’s chosen India underlines the centrality that India has in the new conception of the Indo-Pacific region’s importance,” he mentioned.

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