British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab with Prime Minister Narendra Modi Credit: Twitter

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Wednesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the vast potential of India-UK partnership in the post-COVID and post-Brexit world.

In a tweet after the meeting, Modi said he was looking forward to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s visit to India to be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebrations next month.

“Excellent meeting with @DominicRaab, UK Secretary of State of @FCDOGovUK. Discussed the vast potential of the India-UK partnership in the post-COVID, post-BREXIT world,” Modi tweeted.

British Prime Minister Johnson will visit India next month to attend the Republic Day celebrations as the chief guest, UK Foreign Secretary Raab had announced on Tuesday after holding talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during which the two sides agreed on the key elements of an ambitious 10-year roadmap to further broaden ties, and also boost strategic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.

“Experts from India and the UK will join forces through a new virtual hub to deliver vaccines for coronavirus and other deadly viruses,” Raab announced on Wednesday.

India and UK plan to share best practice for regulation and clinical trials, and foster innovation. He also visited a Delhi health clinic where the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines will be administered.

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“This Serum Institute and Oxford University partnership demonstrates the UK-India relationship at its best: a vaccine developed in the UK and made in India,” Raab said.

According to a statement issued by the British High Commission, India supplies more than 50% of the world’s vaccines and 25% of the NHS’s generic drugs. “Closer UK-India cooperation on medicines and vaccines approvals will ensure speedy access for the UK to Indian-produced pharmaceuticals and help safeguard future supplies to the NHS,” the statement said.

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