Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday spoke to British Defense Minister Grant Shapps over telephone and discussed ways to develop closer cooperation between India and Britain in the Indo-Pacific region. According to the Ministry of Defence, Singh and Shaps briefly reviewed the ongoing bilateral defense partnership between the two countries and discussed possible collaboration in new areas.
A statement issued by the ministry said, “Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to British Defense Minister Grant Shaps over the phone on November 13.” The two ministers discussed defense and security issues with a special focus on the Indo-Pacific region.
Rajnath Singh wrote on ‘X’ that he and Sheps discussed various defense and security issues with special focus on the Indo-Pacific region. The telephone conversation between Singh and Shaps took place at a time when External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is on a visit to Britain.
India-UK summit was held in May 2021
India-UK relations were upgraded to a comprehensive strategic partnership during the India-UK summit held in May 2021 between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
At the conference, the two sides adopted a 10-year framework to expand relations in the key areas of trade and economy, defense and security, climate change and people-to-people contacts.
Last month, the India-UK ‘2 Plus 2’ Foreign and Defense Ministers Dialogue was held, focusing on ways to strengthen cooperation in key areas such as trade and investment, defence, critical technologies, civil aviation, health and energy.