Foreign Affairs Secretary Liz Truss will unveil a series of new technology deals with India as she visits today’s emerging superpower.
On a two-day trip to Delhi and Mumbai, she’ll announce a ten-year partnership to help lay the foundation for a “Freedom Network” to fight rogue states around the world.
The new chief diplomat said the deal would boost economic, technological and security ties between Britain and India.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson entered into a remote partnership with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this year.
Ms Truss will sign a £11.5 million deal to help India transition to green energy as well as a £50 million green technology fund from the Foreign Office when she meets officials at the famous Red Fort in Delhi.
Ms Truss said: “I want the UK and India to strengthen their partnership in critical areas such as technology, investment, security and defence.
“India is the world’s largest democracy, a technological and economic powerhouse, and a vital strategic partner for the United Kingdom.
“Close relationships – including in areas such as technology and infrastructure – will create jobs and growth in both countries, strengthen economies in the developing world and help us advance our values on the global stage.”
While in Mumbai, she will visit the British Carrier Strike Group that has arrived in the Indian port on their Asia tour and will remain seated in the cockpit of an F35 fighter jet.
A source close to the foreign minister added: “This is Liz’s first major solo trip since she got the job – which tells you everything you need to know about how she prioritizes India.
“Strengthening relations with India is one of the big costs of Brexit and it is determined to capture it.”
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