London, Nov 13 (PTI) External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday said India and Britain are currently focusing on a free trade agreement and are hopeful that the two sides will reach a consensus that works for both.
Jaishankar is here on a five-day official visit to Britain with the aim of reviewing various aspects of bilateral relations and giving ‘new momentum to friendly relations’.
He also said that Agenda 2030 places greater emphasis on connectivity, trade, defense and security, health and working together on climate change.
Jaishankar said, “We are focusing on what is officially called advanced trade partnership. In general terms, it is called FTA (Free Trade Agreement).”
He said today the governments of India and Britain are in talks on this and “we are hopeful that we will reach an agreement that will work for both of us.”
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.
Speaking to the Indian community at a Diwali event in London, Jaishankar also talked about his meetings with newly appointed Foreign Minister David Cameron, Defense Minister Grant Shapps and Home Minister James Cleverley.