New Delhi: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is all set to meet his UK counterpart Tim Barrow in London, sources said. In September 2022, Tim Barrow was chosen to serve as National Security Adviser of the UK.
Barrow was once the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s (FCDO) Political Director and Second Permanent Under-Secretary, according to the official website of the Government of the UK.
India & UK are ‘living bridge’
The ties between India and the UK are often described as a Living Bridge, a dynamic economic force of people, businesses and ideas.
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India and the United Kingdom (UK) share a comprehensive strategic partnership with each other. The two nations have also concluded six rounds of negotiations for a trade deal and will begin the next round very soon.
India & UK’s Free Trade Agreement
Notably, India and UK began the negotiations for the Free Trade Agreement between the two nations in January 2022. The UK-India free trade agreement is well-advanced. Although trade at the moment is worth 29.6 billion pounds, India is only the 12th largest trading partner of the UK.
The British High Commissioner also emphasized the advantages of the India-UK free trade agreement, which he says is supported by the mutual trust between the two countries, in an exclusive interview with ANI.
Rishi Sunak to join briefly
Britain’s new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, the country’s first leader of Indian descent had earlier conveyed his hope of finalizing the trade agreement during a call with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.
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The visit of NSA Doval to London comes right after he met his US counterpart Jake Sullivan in Washington last week.
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