India, U.K. ink 2 deals during Rajnath’s visit

Syllabus: GS-II

Subject: International Relations

Topic: Bilateral Relations

Issue: India-U. K Relations.

Context:   This is the first visit by an Indian Defence Minister to the U.K after over two decades, the last visit was by George Fernandes in 2002. Historic collaboration.


  • India and the U.K. signed MoU for international cadet exchange and LoA on defence collaboration in R&D.
  • Talks emphasized defence relations, security issues, and enhancing defence industrial cooperation.
  • Also stressing a non-transactional, natural partnership between the two countries.
  • The LoA on R&D involves India’s DRDO and the U.K.’s DSTL, fostering people-to-people exchanges and defence research collaboration.
  • Rajnath Singh paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi in London and received a Guard of Honour before bilateral meetings.
UK’s Significance for India: Support for UNSC seat, NSG membership, and development objectives.  Economic and technological partnership. Defense and security cooperation.
India’s Significance for UK Role in “Global Britain” ambitions. Seizing opportunities in the Indo-Pacific. Economic ties, investments, and rejuvenation of the Commonwealth.

Conclusion: Rajnath Singh’s historic U.K. visit emphasizes defense collaboration and partnership.

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