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Hope a landing point will be found that will work for both of us: Jaishankar on India-UK FTA

London, November 14 (Language) Foreign Minister S. Both sides.

Addressing a special Diwali reception hosted by the Indian High Commission at Westminster Hall near the Houses of Parliament in London on Monday, he described bilateral relations as a “positive force” for the world.

Jaishankar also shared insights on the rapid pace of ongoing technological advancements and socio-economic development in India and called on the UK-based Indian diaspora – one of the largest in the world – to spread the story of the new India.

“Today, to realize Agenda 2030, we are focusing on what is officially called advanced trade partnerships, in general terms it is called FTA or free trade agreement. Today the Indian and British systems on which The focus of the talks is very high. “We are hopeful that we will find a landing point that will work for both of us,” the Indian Foreign Minister said.

“India and Britain have a long history and a very complex history. We are trying to make history a positive force with our commonalities, shared practices and institutions… so that history can work for us,” he said.

Jaishankar is here on a five-day official visit to Britain with the aim of reviewing various aspects of bilateral relations.

The India-UK Comprehensive Strategic Partnership was launched in 2021 with the India-UK Roadmap 2030, which aims to expand relations across a range of sectors.

India and the UK have been negotiating a free trade agreement since January last year with the aim of significantly expanding the estimated GBP 36 billion bilateral trade partnership.

There have been 13 rounds of talks, with officials hoping to reach an agreement before general elections in the two countries in 2024.

Jaishankar began his address by thanking British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for taking time out to host him at 10 Downing Street on a busy Diwali day on Sunday.

He also revealed that even before newly appointed Foreign Secretary David Cameron addressed his ministry, he took time out to meet him on his first day at his new job, which he really values.

Jaishankar said, “It was extremely satisfying to hear from him about his commitment and support for the relationship. We spent a lot of time talking about how we both grow.”

He shared that he also met with Cameron’s predecessor, Britain’s new Home Secretary James Cleverley, whom he described as a “pillar of strength” for bilateral relations.

Along with the Foreign Minister, Britain’s Foreign Office Minister Lord Tariq Ahmed and Indian High Commissioner to Britain Vikram Doraiswamy also participated in this program. PTI AK NSD NSD

(This story is published as part of an auto-generated syndicated wire feed. No edits to the headline or body have been made by ABP Live.)



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