British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi have agreed on bold plans for a “quantum leap” in bilateral relations over the subsequent decade, Downing Avenue mentioned on Tuesday.
Throughout a digital assembly on Tuesday, the 2 leaders agreed on a “2030 Roadmap,” which can present a framework for UK-India relations throughout well being, commerce, schooling, science and expertise, and defence, the federal government mentioned in a press release.
Downing Avenue mentioned that India is “an indispensable accomplice” within the Indo-Pacific area, the significance of which was highlighted within the UK’s Integrated Review of safety, defence, advert international coverage, which was printed earlier this 12 months.
Johnson and Modi agreed that the 2 international locations will “work in lockstep” to deal with safety threats “in all their varieties.”
The UK’s Carrier Strike Group, led by HMS Queen Elizabeth, will go to India later this 12 months and undertake joint coaching workouts with the Indian navy and air pressure.
In a press release, Johnson mentioned the 2 international locations “share many elementary values.”
“The UK is without doubt one of the oldest democracies, and India is the world’s largest. We’re each dedicated members of the Commonwealth. And there’s a dwelling bridge uniting the individuals of our international locations,” he mentioned.
Johnson beforehand deliberate to go to India and maintain talks with Modi in particular person, however was pressured to cancel the visit because of issues over the devastating second wave of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus in that nation.
“Within the final week the British individuals have stepped up of their 1000’s to assist our Indian pals throughout this horrible time in an indication of the deep connection between the UK and India,” he mentioned.
“This connection will solely develop over the subsequent decade as we do extra collectively to deal with the world’s largest issues and make life higher for our individuals. The agreements we have now made right now mark the start of a brand new period within the UK-India relationship.”
Johnson and Modi agreed on a sequence of trade and investment deals value £1 billion ($1.4 billion), which Downing Avenue mentioned will create greater than 6,500 new jobs within the UK.
Additionally they dedicated to negotiating a Free Commerce Settlement with a view to doubling UK-India commerce over the subsequent decade.
Additionally on Tuesday, the House Workplace mentioned Britain and India have signed an settlement permitting younger UK and Indian nationals to work and stay in one another’s international locations.
Underneath the settlement signed by House Secretary Priti Patel and Indian International Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, younger professionals aged 18 to 30 will be capable to work and stay within the different nation for as much as 24 months.
The settlement can even deal with long-standing issues of unlawful migration from India to the UK.
Underneath its phrases, Patel mentioned, the UK will be capable to “take away these with no proper to be in UK extra simply and crack down on these abusing our system.”
PA contributed to this report.