LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will visit India from April 25 and is set to agree on a ‘Roadmap 2030’ for re-energised India-UK relations in areas like trade, investment, defence and security cooperation, healthcare and climate action, the Indian High Commission here said on Thursday.
Downing Street on Wednesday said that due to the Covid-19 pandemic crisis in India, Johnson has decided to shorten the length of his planned visit – with the bulk of the programme now set to take place during the course of Monday, April 26.
The visit, previously postponed from a Republic Day tour in January, is the first major bilateral visit for Johnson outside Europe since the UK general election in December 2019 and the conclusion of the Brexit transition period at the end of December 2020.
“The visit of Prime Minister Johnson is expected to positively transform the partnership across the wide-spectrum of issues and areas relating to defence and security, the Indo-Pacific and Western Indian Ocean Region (WIOR), trade and investments, healthcare, climate change and people-to-people connect,” the High Commission of India said.
“India and UK are set to agree on a ‘Roadmap 2030′ for future relations. The 2030 vision is for revitalised and dynamic connect between people; re-energised trade, investment and technological collaboration; enhanced defence and security cooperation and closer engagement on regional issues – Including the Indian Ocean Region and the Indo-Pacific.
“The India-UK Partnership in Climate Action, clean energy and health care is geared for mutual benefit and a better world,” it adds.
As part of the UK’s post-Brexit Global Britain engagement as a non-member of the European Union (EU), all eyes have been on a proposed Enhanced Trade Partnership (ETP) with India which will pave the way for a full-fledged Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in the future.
The ETP was expected to take firm shape during Johnson’s visit this month but it remains to be seen how that progresses given the scaled-back programme.
“India-UK successful collaboration in the Covid-19 mitigation efforts over the last year has emerged as the silver lining in the bilateral relationship. Building upon the

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