India, Britain to discuss upgrade of ties


British Foreign Secretary will meet External Affairs Minister and other Ministers during his three-day visit to India, expected to prepare for a possible visit by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in January.



  • India has invited Mr. Johnson as a guest for the Republic Day celebration. 
  • The discuss range of agreements, including one for an upgrade of the relationship to a “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership”.


From 2004

  • India and the United Kingdom enjoy a strategic partnership since 2004 which has been marked by regular high-level exchanges and growing cooperation in diverse areas.
  • Further strengthening of the partnership across trade, defence, climate, migration and mobility, education and health sectors in the post-COVID.


Defence agreements

  • A mutual defence logistics support agreement is in an advanced stage of negotiation, while a government-to-government (G2G) mechanism for defence deals and a defence training Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) are also in the works. 
  • In addition, the two sides may conclude a defence technology and industrial capability cooperation (DTICC) agreement.
  • The U.K. has also made a pitch to India for joint technology development of sixth generation fighter technologies which can go into India’s fifth generation advanced medium combat aircraft. 
  • It has offered the design of its Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier for the Indian Navy’s proposed second indigenous carrier. 
  • The aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth would be in the Indian Ocean next year on its maiden deployment.
  • Meanwhile, the U.K. has already announced its plans to deploy a Liaison Officer at the Indian Navy’s Information Fusion Centre for Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) meant to improve Maritime Domain Awareness.
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