Britain and India must deepen defence, economic ties - UK's Truss

Britain and India must deepen defence, economic ties - UK's Truss
Britain and India must deepen defence, economic ties - UK's Truss   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  
By Reuters

<div> <p><span class="caps">LONDON</span> – Britain and India must step up their economic and security ties, foreign minister Liz Truss said ahead of a visit to Delhi where she will announce a green tech investment and pitch her vision of Britain’s new role in the world to senior Indian ministers.</p> <p>Truss, who was appointed as foreign secretary last month, has also held meetings in Saudi Arabia and Qatar as part of her post-Brexit push to build new diplomatic and defence alliances around the world. </p> <p>She will meet Indian foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav in Delhi, and announce a $70 million investment to fund green tech infrastructure projects across India.</p> <p>“I want the UK and India and to step-up their partnership in critical areas like technology, investment, security and defence,” Truss said in a statement ahead of the visit. </p> <p>“India is the world’s largest democracy, a tech and economic powerhouse and a vital strategic partner for the UK.”</p> <p>Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming to Britain next month for the COP26 U.N. climate summit, Yadav told Reuters on Thursday.</p> <p>Britain has identified greater influence in the Indo-Pacific region as its primary foreign policy aim, eyeing both the economic benefits of the rapidly expanding middle classes there and a means to challenge China’s ambitions in the region.</p> <p>In an effort to underline Britain’s military commitment to security in the region, Truss will also visit a British aircraft carrier group, currently in Mumbai, having earlier this year passed through seas in which China is vying for influence. </p> <p>Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced to cancel a planned visit to India this year due to surging <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 cases there, but the two leaders met virtually to agree a roadmap for deeper cooperation. They are also in early stage trade talks.</p> <p/> </div>