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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson II will be the first British Prime Minister to visit Rajpath as a guest in the British year. Year 199. In the UK, John Major 2 was the chief guest at the parade on 26 January.
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December 1, 2020: 18: 1: 18 pm IST
Earlier on Tuesday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had met British Foreign Secretary Dominic Rabb, who was visiting India. During this period, he held talks to increase cooperation in areas such as trade, defense, education, environment and health. After the meeting of the foreign ministers of the two countries, delegation-level talks were also held. After Brexit, Rabb’s visit to India comes at a time when Britain is in complex negotiations for a trade deal with the European Union. Rabb has arrived in India from December 1 to December 1.
He also discussed terrorism and extremism with the United Kingdom: S. Jaishankar
After the meeting, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar told reporters that the talks with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Rabb were focused on further strengthening India-UK relations. “We have reviewed the situation in Afghanistan and the activities in the Gulf and the Indo-Pacific region,” he said. “The challenges posed by terrorism and extremism were discussed, which is a matter of general concern,” Jaishankar said. He said the Indo-British alliance was important to accelerate the pace of economic recovery after Kovid 1. “We want to strengthen economic ties with India,” said Dominic Raab, Britain’s foreign secretary. He spoke in support of the US Alliance for Democracy, but said that maintaining some independence was important for both countries. “Our relationship is based on shared interests and shared values in a variety of areas and we want to enhance cooperation in many ways,” Rabb said. Significantly, with Brexit in mind, the UK is trying to strengthen trade ties with major economies such as India. If it comes out of the EU without a trade agreement, there are fears of serious damage to the UK economy.
The 10-year blueprint will be ready to strengthen bilateral relations
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, “Foreign Minister S Jaishankar welcomed his British counterpart and British Foreign Secretary Dominic Rabb. International issues of bilateral, regional and mutual interest are on the agenda. It was hoped that both sides would focus on developing a 10-year roadmap to further strengthen the overall bilateral relationship.
The ministry said Monday that Rabb’s visit would pave the way for strengthening trade and defense, climate, transportation, education, health and the post-Brexit scenario between the two countries. During his visit, Ruble will also hold talks with Forest and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. He will also visit Bengaluru, where he will meet Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on December 1.