(By Dr Shahid Qureshi) The talks focussed on strengthening security and defence co-operation while agreeing to work together closely on counter-terrorism and cyber.
As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues his first official visit to the UK, the Prime Minister hosted him today at Chequers for intensive talks on security issues, including cyber and counter-terrorism.
Talks focused on further strengthening the security partnership between the UK and India, including through the exchange of counter-terrorism best practices and technologies and cyber security expertise.
On counter-terrorism, the Prime Ministers discussed the importance of tackling the threat from Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and other terrorist groups targeting India. They agreed on the vital need to tackle ISIL, including through countering the narrative that radicalises individuals and leads them to embrace a violent Islamist extremist ideology.
On cyber, the Prime Ministers discussed how the UK and India could work together to better protect people and organisations from cyber attacks, with the UK helping to establish a new centre to train the next generation of cyber security professionals and setting up a new Indian cyber crime unit.
The leaders agreed on the importance of enhancing prospects for Afghanistan’s future stability. They also spoke about defence co-operation, welcoming the new UK-India Defence and International Security partnership and agreeing it should signal a step-change in partnering on developing capability, expertise and sharing technology, analysis and information.
The Prime Ministers agreed an ambition to elevate our relationship to a deep, enduring and future-focussed partnership of equals, focussed on developing the military capabilities that India and the UK need to tackle emerging global threats.
They agreed follow-up dialogue on all these issues would be taken forward by ministers and senior officials.