British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi have agreed on ambitious plans for a “quantum leap” in bilateral relations over the next decade, Downing Street said on Tuesday.
Johnson and Modi agreed that the two countries will “work in lockstep” to tackle security threats “in all their forms.”
In a statement, Johnson said the two countries “share many fundamental values.”
“The UK is one of the oldest democracies, and India is the world’s largest. We are both committed members of the Commonwealth. And there is a living bridge uniting the people of our countries,” he said.
“In the last week the British people have stepped up in their thousands to support our Indian friends during this terrible time in a demonstration of the deep connection between the UK and India,” he said.
“This connection will only grow over the next decade as we do more together to tackle the world’s biggest problems and make life better for our people. The agreements we have made today mark the beginning of a new era in the UK-India relationship.”
They also committed to negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with a view to doubling UK-India trade over the next decade.
Also on Tuesday, the Home Office said Britain and India have signed an agreement allowing young UK and Indian nationals to work and live in each other’s countries.
Under the agreement signed by Home Secretary Priti Patel and Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, young professionals aged 18 to 30 will be able to work and live in the other country for up to 24 months.
The agreement will also address long-standing problems of illegal migration from India to the UK.
Under its terms, Patel said, the UK will be able to “remove those with no right to be in UK more easily and crack down on those abusing our system.”