External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar has arrived in London firstly of a five-day go to to the U.Ok. with an goal to overview varied facets of bilateral ties and provides “new impetus to the friendly ties”.
“Wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous Diwali. Hope that this Festival of Lights brings peace, prosperity and health for all,” the EAM posted on X on Sunday.
While within the U..Ok, the EAM is anticipated to attend an occasion at Lord’s Cricket Ground and tackle a Deepavali Reception organised by the High Commission of India in London on Monday.
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Later subsequent week, he’s additionally anticipated at a repatriation ceremony for 2 historical temple sculptures from Uttar Pradesh and be a part of a dialogue on the theme of ‘How a billion people see the world’. During his talks together with his U.Ok. counterpart, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, in London, it’s anticipated that preparations for British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s potential go to to India within the subsequent few months shall be on the agenda.
“External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be on an official visit to the United Kingdom from November 11-15,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had earlier mentioned.
“India and the U.K. 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-U.Ok. Comprehensive Strategic Partnership was launched in 2021 together with the India-U.Ok. Roadmap 2030 that seeks to develop 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 U.Ok. 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 basic elections in each international locations scheduled for 2024.