UK-India partnership is a beacon in these stormy waters, says Johnson

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UK-India partnership is a beacon in these stormy waters, says Johnson

The UK's partnership with India is a beacon in the stormy seas at a time when the world is facing growing threats from autocratic states that try to undermine democracy, choke off fair trade and trample on sovereignty, the British Prime Minister said on Friday.

The British high commission said Johnson is expected to discuss the next-generation defence and security collaboration with Prime Minister Narendra Modi across the five domains of land, sea, air, space and cyber as both nations face complex new threats.

This includes support for new Indian-designed and built fighter jets, as well as a boost to British know-how on building battle-winning aircraft and supporting India's need for new technology to respond to threats in the Indian Ocean, as well as support for new Indian-designed and built fighter jets, it said in a statement ahead of the Modi-Johnson talks.

In order to support greater defence and security collaboration with India over the next decade, the UK will issue an Open General Export Licence OGEL to India, reducing bureaucracy and shortening delivery times for defence procurement. The high commission said this is our first OGEL in the Indo-Pacific region.

The British prime minister arrived in India on Thursday for a two-day visit in the backdrop of the Russia-Ukraine war.

Autocratic states that try to undermine democracy, choke off free and fair trade and trample on sovereignty are some of the biggest threats to the world. Johnson, quoted by the High Commission, said that the partnership between the UK and India is a beacon in these stormy waters.

He said that our collaboration on the issues that matter to both countries, from climate change to energy security and defence, is of vital importance as we look to the future.

Johnson said in a tweet that he was looking forward to meeting with Modi.

It's wonderful to see you, my friend PM BorisJohnson in India on a long-awaited visit. The High Commission said the UK and India are launching a virtual hydrogen science and innovation hub to accelerate affordable green hydrogen, as well as new funding for the Green Grids Initiative announced at COP 26.

It said the UK and India are working together to make a positive impact for good in the world.

The high commission said the UK will work with India to boost security in the Indo-Pacific.

Our governments are committing up to 75 million pounds 1 GBP 99.63 to roll out adaptable clean tech innovations from India to the wider Indo-Pacific and Africa, and work together on international development and girls education, it said.

Johnson visited Gujarat on Thursday before arriving in New Delhi late last night.

It's been a real pleasure to be in Gujarat today to see the fruits of the amazing partnership between the UK and our friends in India, he said on Twitter, adding that more than 1 billion pounds were confirmed in new investments between the two great countries.

On Friday morning, the British prime minister laid a wreath at Rajghat, paying his respects to Mahatma Gandhi.

He was given a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan's forecourt.

The India-UK relationship was elevated to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership during the virtual summit between Modi and Johnson in May last year.

At the summit, the two sides adopted a 10 year roadmap to expand trade and economy, defence and security, climate change and people-to-people connections among others.