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S Jaishankar arrives in London on 5-day UK visit, know what’s on agenda

Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. PTI File

Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has commenced a five-day go to to the UK with the purpose of evaluating varied facets of bilateral relations and revitalising the pleasant ties between the 2 nations.

Throughout his journey within the UK, Jaishankar is ready to take part in an occasion at Lord’s Cricket Floor and ship remarks at a Diwali Reception organised by the Excessive Fee of India in London on Monday.

Later within the week, he’s anticipated to take part in a repatriation ceremony for 2 historic temple sculptures from Uttar Pradesh and interact in a dialogue on the theme of ‘How a billion people see the world.’

Discussions together with his UK counterpart, James Cleverly, are anticipated to incorporate preparations for a possible go to to India by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak within the coming months.

The Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) had beforehand introduced, “External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be on an official visit to the United Kingdom from November 11-15.”

“India and the UK have a growing bilateral partnership. During his visit, the external affairs minister will be holding discussions with his counterpart, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly and will meet several other dignitaries,” it mentioned in an announcement.

The MEA additionally referred to the “warm and thriving” relationship between the 2 sides.

The India-UK Complete Strategic Partnership was launched in 2021 together with the India-UK Roadmap 2030 that seeks to broaden ties in a variety of areas.

“The roadmap is a commitment to a partnership that delivers for both the countries. The External Affairs Minister’s visit will give a new impetus to the friendly ties between the two countries,” the MEA mentioned.

India and the UK have been negotiating a free commerce settlement (FTA) since January final 12 months with a goal to considerably improve the estimated GBP 36-billion bilateral buying and selling partnership. The talks have undergone 13 rounds of negotiations, with officers hopeful of clinching a deal forward of common elections in each nations scheduled for 2024.

With inputs from businesses



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