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UK-India Foreign Office consultations

Permanent Under Secretary (PUS) Simon Fraser welcomed Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai to the British Foreign Office on Wednesday 19 June for a wide-ranging exchange on the current priorities for the UK-India Enhanced Partnership.

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The delegations discussed substantial progress made since Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to India in February. The two sides welcomed the agreement to jointly fund a feasibility study for the Bangalore-Mumbai Economic Corridor. The two sides also agreed to push for the finalisation of an EU-India FTA.

The delegations also discussed a wide range of foreign policy matters, including bringing long-term stability to Afghanistan, the situation in South Asia, Middle East , and stepping up our security cooperation. The two sides agreed to continue to engage closely on regional and international foreign policy, security and economic issues.

India and the UK share a special and unique relationship, bound by shared values and ties, including the ideals of democracy, the rule of law, inclusiveness and pluralism. The bilateral relationship reflects this unique bond, covering the entire spectrum of activity, from education, to trade and investment, to people-to-people links, to counter-terrorism and other security co-operation. Both sides paid tribute to the increasingly close and strong relationship between the UK and India.

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Published 21 June 2013