Shri Harsh Vardhan Shringla. Pic: Ministry of External Affairs
The United Kingdom and India are looking at concluding an interim trade agreement amid talks for a free trade agreement (FTA), according to foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who recently said British foreign secretary Liz Truss’ visit to India, starting today, will add further momentum to the partnership as it coincides with the UK Carrier Strike Group arriving in Mumbai for joint exercises.
Shringla was addressing the India Global Forum (IGF) in London virtually from New Delhi.
“We should be very optimistic. Things have really accelerated, and we should be very excited,” said Philip Barton, permanent under-secretary in the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, who also addressed the forum virtually.
The UK and India are looking at concluding an interim trade pact amid talks for a free trade agreement, said foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla. UK foreign secretary Liz Truss’ India visit, starting today, will add impetus to the partnership as it coincides with the UK Carrier Strike Group arriving in Mumbai for joint exercises, he said.
“The real opportunity is with the UK’s place in the world. We have left the European Union and are in charge of our international trade and commercial policy and changed the way we approach migration to this country,” he was quoted as saying by a news agency.
“Security and defence cooperation is high on the agenda, including maritime security, cyber security, health partnership, digital health, medical supply chains, alternative health and science and technology,” Shringla noted.
India Global Forum is a day-long series of dialogues organised by UK-based India Inc. Group with experts across different fields to explore the theme of ‘quantum leap’ in UK-India relations, as laid out by Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Boris Johnson in the 2030 road map for bilateral ties.
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