India, UK talk free trade ahead of Boris Johnson's visit
NEW DELHI: Trade and investment with UK pushing India for a free trade agreement - along with Indo-Pacific, defence and security and cooperation for early recovery from Covid-19 - dominated the agenda for the meeting Tuesday between visiting UK secretary of state for foreign affairs Dominic Raab and his counterpart S Jaishankar.
Raab, only the second foreign minister to visit India since the onset of the pandemic after his US counterpart Mike Pompeo, also confirmed in a joint press conference UK PM Boris Johnson's participation as chief guest in the Republic Day celebrations next month. While he described India's invite as a great honour, Jaishankar said the development symbolised a new era in India-UK ties. UK also invited Modi to join the UK-hosted G7 summit next year.
Both countries agreed on a 10-year, 360 degree roadmap for upgrading India-UK partnership to the next level with Raab listing enhanced trade partnership next year and a future free trade agreement as the top priority.
"I think that could unlock huge opportunities for British and Indian businesses, lowering barriers in areas like food and drink, healthcare and life sciences, IT, data, chemicals and financial services. I think there are some exciting possibilities ahead," said Raab. UK has been keen to strengthen trade ties with India to offset the damage from its exit from the EU.
When asked how serious India was about the free trade agreement with UK, given that it had walked out of RCEP comprising Asia-Pacific countries, Jaishankar said there was serious intent to take trade relations with UK forward. He added that this was like comparing apples with oranges as there was no question of India carrying over its experiences and decisions with RCEP to the negotiations with the UK.
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Boris must be asked to return the wealth looted from india in 200 yrs
Adjusting for inflation it will break Britain completely
vempati Ratna Joshi
free trade. Indians just talk about it . They never implement it . Blah blah blah blah
India n UK can move fast to get do an FTA.
No free trade with UK till all Khalistanis ,hiding in UK,are deported to India
An opportunity for India to craft a new basis for a relationship with the UK that erases the colonial overhang and perceived superiority of western democracies. It is also a reflection of the maturing of India as a cultural, economic and military power. I hope that India shows itself to be confident and strong to deal with historical centres of power.
After BREXIT there are good chances of closer economical relations between UK & India.Present geopolitical position has make India the key partner for France,Japan,South Korea,Australia,ASEAN nations & now UK & there is every possibility of QUAD type group formation with Britain also
India and Britain had very strong ties for more than two centuries. Many families of Indian origin have migrated to Britain before and after independence. We have to come together and nourish our relations for mutual benefit.
Why is India cozying up to western nations like the US and UK both of whom have bullied India in the past with economic sanctions and even threats of war plus British colonialism and exploitation.
modi fans hate the British because it not only looted Bharat but also destroyed the culture of Hindoostan .How can Bhakts welcome the Brit PM. I hope Bhakts will demand five lakh trillion pounds reparation.
WE IT PEOPLE LTD
Good luck to both the partners!!!
Trump off Boris Johnson On
India should ask UK not to give shelter to Indian economic and criminal fugitives.
India should talk about anti Indian fugitives extradition to India, and assurance from the UK Govt not to give asylum to the criminals.
With UK opting out of EU main agenda for Boris Johnson would be to dump their arms and ammunitions in India.
Be warned. Johnson has the mindset of a 19th century colonialist.
UK in the deep leaving the EU. Fixes up with India. Careful with the twin headed snake.