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UK envoy reflects on strong India relations in New Year message

UK Ambassador to India Alex Ellis wished India a "Happy New Year" and said that the relationship between the two countries has become stronger this year.

In the video message, posted on his Twitter account, Ellis said, "2022 was a great year for India and the UK, and this year UK and India have made their relationship more strong." Talking about the economical relationship, Ellis said that India and UK have launched the Free Trade Agreement negotiations this year.

On December 16, India and UK held technical discussions across 11 policy areas over 28 sessions during the sixth round of talks for an FTA.

"Secondly, on climate change and sustainability, we have been supporting India's rapid transition toward a green economy for ex: investment in the Mahindra EV Company. Thirdly, on health, building on the great work of Covishield, we now have Ebola vaccines manufactured in India with UK technology going to Africa," Ellis said.

"On Defence and Security, we are increasing cooperation particularly at sea and in cyberspace to ensure that there is a free and open Indo-Pacific," he added.

He further said that India and UK have reduced the time for visas. An e-Visa for British nationals visiting India will also come out.

"And of course, we have a PM whose grandparents came from Punjab called Rishi Sunak. Great year, much to do next year. A great year for the G20 in India," Ellis said in a video message.

"The journey is still left and I wish everyone a happy new year," he concluded the video message.


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