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UK-India relations: 'Going from strength to strength'

Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire attended the fifth IISS - Indian Ministry of External Affairs Dialogue on 4 October.

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He said:

“We realise that India is re-emerging as one of the world’s great powers. William Hague, our Foreign Secretary, was absolutely right when he said at the launch this year of the Kings College India Institute that ‘this century will be shaped by India more than any other that has come before it’. That is why we are determined to increase our understanding of Indian Priorities and concerns.”

“A strategic relationship in the 21st Century cannot focus solely on threats from conflict and terrorism. It must also encompass questions of energy security, climate security, food and water security and global trade policies. We both desire long term global growth and should work not only to increase trade between our two countries but to create the conditions in the global economy for mutual prosperity.”

“The relationship between our two countries is going from strength to strength in so many areas. I hope that any accusations that the United Kingdom does not listen to India can be laid to rest once and for all. The last two years have shown that both sides are keen to build a stronger relationship - a partnership of equals based on mutual understanding, respect and trust.”

“That is not to say that we will always see eye-to-eye on everything or even take similar approaches to common problems. But by talking to one another, listening to one another, and understanding one another better, we can fulfil our potential as close friends and partners.”

Published 4 October 2012