In response to media inquiries about Johnson’s visit, MEA had said that “the two sides will hold a virtual meeting in the next few days to launch plans for a transformed relationship between India and the UK.
India and the UK to launch a ‘Comprehensive Roadmap 2030’ to pave the way for further expansion and deepening of India-UK cooperation over the next decade at a virtual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson on May 4, 2021. The MEA said in a statement Monday that the roadmap will cover five key areas, namely the relationship between people, trade and prosperity, defense and security, climate action and medical care. India and the UK have been discussing a proposed bilateral free trade agreement and improved trade partnership program for a while.
The virtual summit comes after a scheduled meeting between the two leaders was canceled during Boris Johnson’s visit to New Delhi in April due to the current coronavirus situation in India. In response to media inquiries about Johnson’s visit, MEA had said that “the two sides will hold a virtual meeting in the next few days to launch plans for a transformed relationship between India and the UK. Both leaders attach the utmost importance to bringing the India-UK partnership to its full potential.
The two countries have enjoyed a strategic partnership since 2004 marked by regular high-level exchanges and growing convergences in various areas. The road map will be an important part of the summit which will be an opportunity to enhance multifaceted strategic ties and enhance cooperation on regional and global issues of mutual concern.
The MEA also said that both leaders will also discuss Covid-19 cooperation and global efforts to combat the pandemic. The depth of the partnership is reflected in the UK’s solidarity in India’s battle against a resurgent second wave of the coronavirus pandemic with the shipment of life-saving oxygen equipment, including 495 oxygen concentrators and 200 ventilators that arrived. to India last week.
The UK is sending 1,000 more ventilators to Indian hospitals to help the most severe Covid cases and the National Health Service, England, is also establishing a clinical advisory group to support India’s Covid response, which will work with Indian institutions such as the All India Institute of Medical Sciences to share experience in managing Covid outbreaks.
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar will visit London from May 3-6, 2021 to participate in the G7 Foreign Ministers meeting, to which India has been invited as a guest country. Subsequently, he will make a bilateral visit to the United Kingdom.
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