India and Britain agree to improve trade ties across several sectors during the three day official visit of Prime Minister Theresa May to India
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has called for cooperation between India and the United Kingdom on counter-terrorism operations, a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement said. “Terrorism is the biggest menace to world peace and tranquility. It is a scourge that knows no territorial or ideological boundaries. India and the UK need to cooperate more on counter-terrorism,” the statement quoted the President as saying.
Mukherjee’s remarks came during a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May. Mukherjee said that India sees the UK as a key partner in its growth and economy, and would encourage more UK companies to partner with its national programmes like Make in India, Skill India and Digital India, among others.
“Bilateral trade between India and the UK in goods stood at US $14 billion in 2015-16. There is immense scope to further enhance our trade exchanges both in goods and services,” the statement said.
The British Prime Minister said that her visit to India reflects the strength of the relationship. “The UK is looking to forge a key bilateral partnership with India, which would be to the advantage of both sides,” the statement quoted May as saying.
The Indian government meanwhile called for free trade across sectors, including smart cities and manpower, between India and the UK as the two countries signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on ease of doing business and protecting intellectual property rights (IPR).