UK News: Jaishankar met British Foreign Minister Cameron on the very first day of his tenure, many important issues were discussed
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and British counterpart David Cameron discussed realizing the full potential of the strategic partnership. During this, views were also exchanged on Ukraine conflict and Indo-Pacific. The meeting also included meeting the ambition of the UK-India 2030 Roadmap. Negotiations for an FTA between India and Britain began in 2022 and the 12th round of talks took place from August 8-31 this year.
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar is on a visit to Britain these days. During this, he met his British counterpart David Cameron and discussed furthering the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and partnership on defence, science and technology.
According to the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, during the meeting on Monday, the two leaders reflected on the strength of the UK-India relationship. This also included meeting the ambition of the UK-India 2030 Roadmap.
UK Ministry issued press release
"Foreign Secretary and Jaishankar also discussed free trade agreements and taking forward partnerships on defence, science and technology," a press release said. The two also discussed several global challenges, including the situation in Israel and Gaza and the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.
"They discussed shared global challenges, including the worrying situation in Israel and Gaza and Russia's illegal war with Ukraine," the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said in a statement. Also discussed the importance of the Indo-Pacific region."
Discussion regarding FTA
It is noteworthy that India and Britain are negotiating a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Negotiations for an FTA between India and Britain began in 2022 and the 12th round of talks took place from August 8-31 this year. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the India-UK Comprehensive Strategic Partnership was launched in 2021 with the India-UK Roadmap 2030.
S Jaishankar congratulated
Meanwhile, Jaishankar congratulated David Cameron on his appointment as Britain's Foreign Secretary. Jaishankar said he was looking forward to working closely with Cameron. S Jaishankar on social media platform Discussed and also exchanged views." "I look forward to working closely with him on the situation in West Asia, the Ukraine conflict and the Indo-Pacific."
Suella Braverman sacked
In a cabinet reshuffle by UK PM Rishi Sunak, former Prime Minister David Cameron has been appointed UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Downing Street reported on Monday. It comes after Sunak sacked his home secretary Suella Braverman.
Special meeting with Rishi Sunak
Jaishankar, who is on a five-day visit to Britain, met Sunak and his wife Akshata Murthy at 10 Downing Street on Sunday and wished Prime Minister Narendra Modi a happy Diwali. Jaishankar along with his wife Kyoko Jaishankar met the UK PM and presented him an idol of Lord Ganesha and a cricket bat bearing the signature of Indian batsman Virat Kohli.