India, UK discuss Afghanistan, Indo-Pacific; agree to deepen cooperation in strategic areas of defence, security

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New Delhi, Oct 22 (PTI) India and the UK on Friday agreed to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific as their foreign ministers held extensive talks on key bilateral and regional issues and stressed the need for safe and unhindered access for humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and ensuring that it is not used to threaten or attack any country or to shelter or train terrorists.

During the talks between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss, the two sides also agreed on instituting the India-UK Strategic Futures Forum Track, a new 1.5 Dialogue mechanism to foster expert deliberations on long-term strategic links between them.

Asserting that India and the UK can do so much more in areas like sharing our expertise on the environment ahead of the COP26 summit, Truss said, "we are delighted the Prime Minister will be there." The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, is scheduled to be held in the city of Glasgow, Scotland, between October 31 and November 12, 2021.