MEA said it will be an important opportunity to elevate the multi-faceted strategic ties and enhance cooperation on regional and global issues of mutual interest
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to hold a virtual summit with his British counterpart Boris Johnson today during which they will unveil a 10-year roadmap to further bolster and expand bilateral ties.
Announcing the summit, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said it will be an important opportunity to elevate the multi-faceted strategic ties and enhance cooperation on regional and global issues of mutual interest.
Summit aims to deepen India-UK ties across 5 key areas
“A comprehensive roadmap 2030 will be launched during the summit, which will pave the way for further expanding and deepening India-UK cooperation over the next decade across five key areas,” the MEA said.
The ministry said the five areas are: people-to-people relationship, trade and prosperity, defence and security, climate action and healthcare.
“India and UK enjoy a Strategic Partnership since 2004. It has been marked by regular high-level exchanges and growing convergences in diverse areas,” the MEA said.
“The summit will be an important opportunity to elevate our multi-faceted strategic ties and enhance cooperation on regional and global issues of mutual interest,” it said in a statement.
The British PM was scheduled to visit India late last month but called off his trip owing to the unprecedented rise in coronavirus cases here.
COVID situation to be discussed
The MEA said both the leaders will also hold a discussion on COVID-19 cooperation and the global efforts to fight the pandemic.
India has been struggling to contain the second wave of coronavirus infection that has wreaked havoc in the country and triggered a severe shortage of medical oxygen in several states.
Several foreign countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and France have extended helping their help to India and offered medical assistance to help the country tide over the crisis.