PM meets UK International Secy, discusses roadmap for ties

Sandeep Dikshit

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 16

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for an “ambitious and outcome-oriented” 360-degree roadmap covering trade and investment, defence and security, migration and mobility, education, energy, climate change and health in order to tap the full potential of the bilateral relationship.

The PM conveyed his keenness to receive his UK counterpart Boris Johnson in New Delhi next month on the 72nd Republic Day celebrations, said a PMO news release after UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called on him.

The UK High Commission said some of deliverables during Raab’s visit were India and the UK agreed to work together on mutual recognition of academic qualifications, starting with master’s degrees over the next year. The two sides will also build a virtual hub to enable experts from both countries share knowledge on clinical trials and regulatory approvals and get vaccines to people who need them most.

Pune-based Serum Institute will deliver over a billion doses of the vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. Unlike other vaccines, it can be stored at normal fridge temperatures.

“Raab signalled his ambition for a closer UK-India relationship as part of a wider UK focus on partnerships in the Indo-Pacific. They also spoke about the 10-year roadmap,” said the release.

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