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Britain and India need to deepen security and economic ties

Britain and India need to deepen security and economic ties

British Foreign Secretary Liz Tresses speaks at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, UK, on ​​October 3, 2021. REUTERS / Phil Noble

LONDON (Reuters) – Ahead of a visit to Delhi, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said he would announce his investment in green technologies and present his views on Britain’s new role in the world to top Indian ministers.

Truss, who was appointed foreign minister last month, has held meetings around the world in Saudi Arabia and Qatar as part of post-Brexit efforts.

He met Indian Foreign Minister Subramaniam Jaisankar and Environment Minister Bhubaneswar Yadav in Delhi and announced an investment of $ 70 million to fund green technology infrastructure projects across India.

“I want the UK and India to strengthen their partnership in key areas such as technology, investment, security and security,” Truss said in a statement ahead of the visit.

“India is the world’s largest democracy, center of technological and economic power and a key strategic partner of the United Kingdom.”

Yadav told Reuters on Thursday that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would travel to the UK next month to attend the COP26 climate summit convened by the United Nations. read more

Britain has found greater influence in the Indo-Pacific region as its primary foreign policy goal, where it is a way to challenge the economic benefits of the rapidly growing middle class and China’s ambitions.

To underscore Britain’s military commitment to the region’s security, Truss will also visit a group of British aircraft carriers currently in Mumbai, which this year crossed seas competing for “influence”.

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The rise in Govt-19 cases has forced Prime Minister Boris Johnson to cancel his visit to India this year. They are also in the early stages of business negotiations.

(Reporting by William James) Editing by Alison Williams

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