Modi, Johnson discuss enhanced cooperation on renewables and clean tech

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the CoP26 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow, on November 1, 2021.   | Photo Credit: AP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson on Monday discussed the evolving situation in Afghanistan on the sidelines of the COP26 summit in Glasgow. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), in a statement, said the two leaders discussed bilateral partnership in the context of climate change, Indo-Pacific strategy and post-COVID global economic recovery.

“The two Prime Ministers reviewed the implementation of the Roadmap 2030 priorities, particularly in the trade and economy, people to people [ties], health, defence and security areas,” said the MEA.

The MEA statement said both the Prime Ministers reviewed progress in the trade talks for Enhanced Trade Partnership. The two leaders also discussed bilateral cooperation in green hydrogen, renewable energy and clean technologies, including collaboration through the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure.

The meeting comes days after U.K.’s Foreign Secretary Liz Truss visited India to advance discussion on the U.K.-India free trade agreement and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.

This was the first time the two leaders met in-person since the beginning of the pandemic. Mr. Johnson had to cancel two visits to India. The second cancellation came in April, as India faced the deadly second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Modi extended an invite to Mr. Johnson to visit India “soon”.

The discussion on Afghanistan between the two figures is significant as India and the U.K. have been working together in the UN Security Council to ensure “unimpeded” humanitarian support for the people of Afghanistan who are facing a serious crisis because of breakdown in law and order and a famine.

The mention of Asia-Pacific is also a significant addition to the list of items between the two top leaders. The Hindu has learnt that the U.K. will deploy two warships permanently in the Indo-Pacific region in the near future.

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