India, UK call on Taliban to ensure Afghan territory is not used to promote terrorism


India and the UK have called on the Taliban to ensure that Afghan territory is not used to threaten or attack a country, harbor or train terrorists or plan / finance terrorist attacks.

During a meeting here last night between Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss, the two countries also stressed the need for full, safe and unhindered access to humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

The two ministers gave a detailed review of the “2030 Roadmap” launched at the India-UK Virtual Summit held on May 4th. They appreciated the progress made so far in the implementation of the roadmap despite the constraints posed by the pandemic.

There was a detailed discussion focused on strengthening cooperation in the key priority areas of trade and investment, people-to-people relationships, partnership for health, climate change, science and innovation and defense and security, the Foreign Ministry (MEA) said today. .

The two ministers welcomed the progress made in the implementation of the enhanced trade partnership announced at the virtual summit and stressed the need to launch the FTA negotiations as soon as possible, with emphasis on the negotiation of an interim deal that can bring quick wins to businesses in India and the UK.

They also discussed the Partnership for Migration and Mobility and the Global Partnership for Innovation and committed to their swift implementation. They also recognized the establishment of new mechanisms for dialogue to discuss consular issues and maritime security. The two sides also agreed to institute the India-UK Strategic Forum Track, a new 1.5 dialogue mechanism to foster expert deliberations on long-term strategic ties between the two countries.

Jaishankar and Truss also discussed a number of regional and international issues of common concern while sharing their commitment to a multipolar world and multilateralism. They agreed to strengthen cooperation in West Asia and the Indo-Pacific, on combating terrorism and radical extremism, and on emerging challenges in the areas of cyberspace and space.

During his stay in New Delhi, Truss also met with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav. She is also visiting Mumbai where she will participate in commercial and defense engagements organized as part of the Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) visit to India. It will also pay tribute to the memorial in honor of the victims of the Mumbai terrorist attack on November 26, 2008.


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