London, November 16 (Language) External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar raised the issue of Khalistan extremism in the country with the leaders during his visit to Britain. Jaishankar also said that leaders should be alert against misuse of freedom of expression and speech.
Jaishankar on Wednesday concluded his five-day visit to Britain, which he described as “timely” amid “substantial progress” in the ongoing negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA).
During his meeting with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Jaishankar extended good wishes on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sunak and Jaishankar expressed satisfaction at the positive momentum in enhancing India-UK relations as an important factor in addressing contemporary challenges.
They also reviewed the implementation of the Roadmap 2030 and discussed the ongoing negotiations for an India-UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the Ministry of External Affairs said in a press release on Thursday.
Speaking to the media at the Indian High Commission in London before his departure, he gave brief information about his talks with British cabinet ministers and opposition leaders.
During Jaishankar’s meetings with UK Home Secretary James Cleverley and National Security Advisor (NSA) Tim Barrow, India’s concerns about the security of Indian diplomats amid pro-Khalistan extremism in the country were discussed.
“We have long-standing concerns about extremism and occasional violent activities by various forces, including those supporting Khalistan,” the External Affairs Minister said.
Jaishankar said, “We have been trying to explain to the government here that both of us, being democracies, certainly understand the importance of freedom of expression and speech and they should be careful about the misuse of these freedoms.” ‘
In reference to the violent protests at India House in March, the External Affairs Minister said, “the seriousness of the situation has been recognised” and India expects its diplomatic missions to be provided with the necessary security to carry out their functions. Will be able to do so without any hindrance, and will also take a ‘strong stance against advocacy of violence and extremism’.
Asked whether the 14th round of talks on FTA was likely to be decisive, the External Affairs Minister said, “We have made substantial progress, but I don’t think it would be right to make predictions or put a timeline. I think both sides are aware of the importance of the FTA and will make maximum efforts to achieve it…”
Jaishankar held bilateral talks with Britain’s newly appointed Foreign Minister David Cameron.
Jaishankar said the two foreign ministers discussed a number of regional issues, including the Russia-Ukraine and Israel-Hamas conflicts.
Jaishankar told that Cameron presented him a bat signed by the England and Indian cricket teams. Jaishankar described this gift as ‘very special’.
The External Affairs Minister met Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Sunday and during this he presented a bat signed by Virat Kohli to Sunak.
He said, “Overall I would say that this visit came at the right time and was much needed because such personal interactions go a long way in developing understanding between countries.” I am extremely satisfied that the British system has made an effort to engage at all relevant levels and this in itself is a testament to the closeness of our relations.”
Jaishankar also held talks on various issues with opposition Labor Party leader Keir Starmer and Foreign Ministry official David Lammy.
“The visit further strengthened the long-standing historic ties between the two countries and takes a new step forward in bilateral cooperation in various sectors in the backdrop of progress on the India-UK Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and Roadmap 2030,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a press release. Provided speed.