Prime Minister Modi calls for early extradition of economic offenders with Johnson: MEA
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson on Tuesday unveiled an ambitious 10-year roadmap to elevate India-UK ties into a comprehensive strategic partnership and strengthen cooperation in key areas including defense, security, trade and health .
At a virtual summit between Modi and Johnson, the two sides also declared a strengthened trade partnership, described as “another important announcement” by the Department of External Affairs.
According to a statement from Johnson’s office, “more than 6,500 new jobs will be created around the UK thanks to the £ 1bn in new UK-India trade and investment announced by the Prime Minister today.” .
The package contains more than £ 533million of new Indian investment in the UK, which is expected to create more than 6,000 jobs in vital and growing sectors such as health and technology, Downing Street said.
This includes a £ 240million investment by the Serum Institute of India (SII) in the UK in its vaccines business and a new sales office in the country, which is expected to generate new business worth more than 1 billion USD, he added.
Claiming that the summit “opened a new chapter” in India-UK relations, the MEA said launching an ambitious 10-year roadmap to further broaden ties was a “big deliverable”, and five areas of cooperation under the roadmap were – interpersonal relations, trade, defense and security, climate and health.
Another important announcement was the declaration of a strengthened business partnership, the ministry said.
On whether the extradition of Indian fugitives – Vijay Mallay and Nirav Modi – has been discussed between the two leaders, the MEA said it discussed the extradition of economic offenders.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Modi said economic offenders should be sent back to India as soon as possible for trial, the ministry added.
Johnson was due to visit India at the end of last month. But a few days before the visit, he canceled it due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Also in January, Johnson’s planned trip to India to participate in the Republic Day parade as the main guest was canceled following an increase in COVID-19 infections in the UK.
Earlier today, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and UK Home Secretary Priti Paten signed a partnership agreement on migration and mobility.
Jaishankar is currently on a four-day visit to the UK to attend a meeting of G7 foreign ministers.
“A fruitful meeting this morning with the Minister of the Interior @pritipatel. Signature of the partnership agreement on migration and mobility which would facilitate legal travel and encourage the flow of talent. The living bridge between India and the UK will strengthen as a result, ”he tweeted.
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