GS Paper - 2 (International Relations)

India and the UK agreed to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific as their foreign ministers held extensive talks on key bilateral and regional issues and stressed the need for safe and unhindered access for humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and ensuring that it is not used to threaten or attack any country or to shelter or train terrorists.

What

  1. The two sides also agreed on instituting the India-UK Strategic Futures Forum Track, a new 1.5 Dialogue mechanism to foster expert deliberations on long-term strategic links between them.
  2. They also underlined the need for launching FTA negotiations at the earliest, with a focus on negotiating an interim agreement that can deliver quick gains to businesses in both India and the UK.
  3. During their talks, both sides also discussed a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest while sharing their commitment to a multi-polar world and multilateralism.
  4. They agreed to strengthen cooperation in West Asia and the Indo-Pacific, on countering terrorism and radical extremism, and addressing emerging challenges in the cyber and space domains.
  5. While India is a member of QUAD along with the US, Japan and Australia, the UK is part of the AUKUS with Australia and the US.
  6. Both the groupings are aimed at strengthening cooperation between these countries in the Indo-Pacific region.