British Foreign secretary Dominic Raab will be on an India visit starting later tonight till Thursday, a visit that comes in the backdrop of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s India visit next month as the chief guest at the Republic day celebrations.
Raab will hold talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday morning and later meet environment minister Prakash Javadekar and Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal. In the second leg of the visit, Raab will travel to the southern Indian city of Bengaluru and call on Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.
A release by the MEA said, ” Raab’s visit will pave the way for further strengthening of the partnership across trade, defence, climate, migration and mobility, education and health sectors in the post-Covid, post-Brexit context.”
India and UK, who have strategic partnership since 2004 have seen a number of high-level engagements including the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the country in 2015 and 2018. This year, the Indian Prime Minister spoke to his British counterpart many times, the main focus being the COVID crisis.
The British foreign secretary’s India visit is the third high-level diplomatic visit to India amidst the COVID pandemic. Earlier in October, top Afghan govt negotiator, Dr Abdullah Abdulla had visited India, followed by the US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and the then US defence secretary Mark Esper for India, US 2+2 dialogue.
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