UK forges closer defense and security partnership with India, October 2021


  • Foreign Minister to strengthen security and defense ties during visit to HMS Queen Elizabeth in Mumbai
  • Liz Truss discusses security and defense technology development and strengthening defense-related trade with India during her trip
  • The visit of the Carrier Strike Group highlights the UK’s growing defense, security and maritime cooperation with India and the wider region.

Foreign Minister Liz Truss strengthens UK security and defense ties with India during her visit to the country, as she visits HMS Queen Elizabeth in Mumbai today.

The ship is the backbone of the Carrier Strike Group (CSG), a symbol of the UK’s global defense capability, whose visit to Mumbai is a clear sign of our growing defense and maritime cooperation with the India. While in India, the CSG participated in the most demanding exercise ever undertaken between the United Kingdom and India, involving the three military services.

During her visit, the Foreign Minister will advance talks to strengthen defense and security ties and strengthen strategic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. It will advance the joint work agreed by Prime Minister and Indian Prime Minister Modi in the historic 2030 roadmap on maritime security, cybersecurity and counterterrorism signed earlier this year.

She will also discuss the development of innovative security and defense technologies with the Indian government to tackle common threats and talk about strengthening defense-related trade between the two countries.

The Foreign Minister considers the development of this security and defense relationship with India, the largest democracy in the world, as a key element of the Indo-Pacific inclination of the United Kingdom. She wants to strengthen these ties with fast growing economies and like-minded partners in the region and build “a network of freedom” around the world. The Minister of Foreign Affairs sees India as essential to ensure a free, open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific.

Foreign Minister Liz Truss said:

Closer defense and security partnerships between the UK and India strengthen economic ties and make the two countries, as well as the wider region, more secure. We must protect our shipping and trade routes and, operating from a position of strength, be tough on defending our interests and combating unfair practices.

The arrival of the Carrier Strike Group in India this weekend represents the UK’s Indo-Pacific tilt in action. It is a true symbol of global Britain, working closely with like-minded partners like India.

The Foreign Secretary will join the Queen Elizabeth Carrier at sea to tour the ship and observe live exercises involving British and American F35B fighter jets.

Chief of Defense Staff Sir Nick Carter is also visiting Mumbai to see the Carrier Strike Group in action. He joined his Indian counterpart General Bipin Rawat in Delhi to discuss regional security and laid a commemorative wreath at the National War Museum.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said:

A strengthened partnership with India is an essential pillar of the UK’s tilt towards the Indo-Pacific. Our Carrier Strike Group visit represents an important step towards our goal of establishing a maritime partnership with India in support of mutual security objectives in the Indian Ocean.

The Foreign Minister will also visit the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai today to lay a wreath at the memorial to those killed in the 2008 terrorist attacks.

Tonight it will host business leaders and guests from education, film, sport and politics on the HMS Defender, a Type 45 destroyer, where the UK will showcase its technology and sound. cutting-edge innovation in the fields of defense, health, science and climate.


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