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India, UK agree to strengthen ties on West Asia & Indo-Pacific


NEW DELHI: India and UK agreed to strengthen cooperation in West Asia and Indo-Pacific, the two regions where India is focusing its diplomatic and security interests, after visiting UK foreign secretary Liz Truss and foreign minister S Jaishankar held talks this evening at Hyderabad House.
According to an MEA readout, the two sides “agreed to strengthen cooperation in West Asia and the Indo-Pacific, on countering terrorism and radical extremism, and addressing emerging challenges in the cyber and space domains.”
Truss met finance minister Nirmala Sitaraman and environment minister Bhupendra Yadav — significant as the UK prepares to host the COP26 in Glasgow next month. However, Truss was not given a call on PM Narendra Modi, indicating that the recent spat on recognition of vaccine certifications is still a sore point with the Indian government.
Truss and Jaishankar emphasised Afghan territory should not be used to “threaten or attack any country or to shelter or train terrorists, or to plan or to finance terrorist attacks.” They called for unhindered access to Afghanistan for humanitarian assistance.
The MEA statement said the two ministers reviewed Roadmap 2030 and took forward discussions on “enhancing cooperation in trade and investments, people-to-people relationship, health partnership, climate change, science & innovation and defence & security.” Both sides pushed the start of FTA negotiations.





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