External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday met Britain's National Security Advisor (NSA) Tim Barrow and had a good discussion with him on regional and global challenges. Jaishankar is on a five-day official visit to Britain with an aim to review various aspects of bilateral relations and give new impetus to friendly relations.
Jaishankar wrote in a post on X, 'Pleased to meet Britain's NSA Tim Barrow. There was a good discussion on regional and global challenges. Earlier this week, Jaishankar met British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, new Foreign Minister David Cameron, Defense Minister Grant Shapps and Home Minister James Cleverley.
A special Diwali reception was hosted by the Indian High Commission on Monday evening at Westminster Central Hall near the Houses of Parliament. In this, Jaishankar said that the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is the main center of India-UK relations and India hopes that there will be a turning point in the negotiations that will work for both the parties.
The India-UK Comprehensive Strategic Partnership was launched in 2021 with the India-UK Roadmap 2030, which seeks to expand relations across a range of sectors. India and the UK have been negotiating a free trade deal since January last year, with an aim to boost the bilateral trade partnership to an estimated £36 billion. There have been 13 rounds of talks, with officials hoping to reach an agreement before general elections in both countries in 2024.