UK invites PM Modi to Climate Ambition Summit



The UK has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Climate Ambition Summit scheduled next month, according to a British government statement on Thursday.

The December 12 Climate Ambition Summit will provide a platform for leaders who are ready to come forward with announcements of new, more ambitious and long-term strategies to net-zero, as well as new climate finance pledges and ambitious adaptation plans.

Speaking after the meeting with the Indian Foreign Service Officer Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Senior British diplomat Sir Philip Robert Barton, said: "India has a special place in my heart and I know first-hand the importance of building the relationship between our two countries."

He also said that "Shringla and I agreed a strengthened UK-India partnership will be a force for good in the world, in facing the big international challenges over the next decade, such as climate change and global security,"

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The discussion centred around how the UK and India will work together on their shared ambitions. Future priorities are likely to include increasing trade, tackling climate change, science and technology and defence, the release said.

The UK and India also shared views on the next generation of challenges and opportunities, including assessments of emerging global security threats.

Barton and Shringla explored areas for the UK and India to collaborate in multilateral events, committing to work closely together through the UK's G7 and COP Presidencies and India's G20 Presidency in 2022, the release said. (PTI)