Newly elected leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister in the Waiting, Liz Truss is among senior British politicians known for deepening India-UK strategic and economic ties, describing her as the “sweet spot” of global business dynamics .
After all, Truss as International Trade Secretary signed the India-UK Enhanced Trade Partnership (ETP) for the Boris Johnson-led government in May last year, marking the starting point of the ongoing Free Trade Agreement (FTA) talks. did. ,
The 47-year-old senior cabinet minister visited India and held a virtual conversation with Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, during which he described the country as a “big, major opportunity”.
“I see the UK and India at a sweet spot of trade dynamics that is building,” Truss said soon after signing the ETP.
“We are looking at a comprehensive trade agreement that covers everything from financial services to legal services to digital and data, as well as goods and agriculture. We think there is a strong possibility for us to have a preliminary agreement, Where we lower tariffs we start to see more goods flowing between both sides and our two countries,” she said.
Upon his promotion as Foreign Secretary, Truss handed the baton to Anne Marie-Trevelyan at the Department of International Trade (DIT), widely regarded as continuing her role as International Trade Secretary and advancing UK-India FTA negotiations. is expected.
Recently on the campaign trail in his campaign to be elected Tory leader with former chancellor Rishi Sunak, Truss confirmed he would join forces with the party’s Conservative Friends of India (CFIN) diaspora to strengthen bilateral ties at an event. “Very, very committed”. group.
He also committed himself to doing an India-UK FTA, preferably by Diwali – the deadline set by the predecessor Boris Johnson – but “certainly by the end of the year”.
It has repeatedly flagged defense and security cooperation with the Indo-Pacific region to fulfill its “Network of Freedom” goals as a counter-balance to the aggressions of Russia and China.
In a major foreign policy speech earlier this year, she declared: “Russia and China are working more and more together, as they attempt to set standards in technologies such as artificial intelligence, as part of joint military exercises.” dominate the Western Pacific through and through close ties to space.
“China and Russia have seen an ideological void and they are rushing to fill it. They have been encouraged in a way we have not seen since the Cold War. As freedom-loving democracies, we have to face these threats. As with NATO, we are working with partners such as Australia, India, Japan, Indonesia and Israel to build a global network of freedoms,” according to Truss.
As foreign secretary, she has been at the forefront of the UK’s response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, imposing tighter sanctions in Britain and cracking down on Russian assets.
It is a crisis that has been described as one of the worst in-tre that any new British prime minister has faced, given the rising energy costs of the UK at large due to the living crisis. has arisen as a result. Ongoing conflict in Europe.
“Within a week I will make sure that there is an announcement about how we are going to tackle the issue of energy bills and long-term supply, to get this country in the right shape for winter,” she said. recently said. Interview.
While some tough measures are expected within a few days, analysts expect it to adopt some of rival Rishi Sunak’s plans targeted at the most vulnerable households. However, it is his pledge to reverse the former chancellor’s tax hike, which will make it less likely for the two finalists to work together in a new cabinet.
While Sunak said the tax cuts were not the answer to the country’s holding on to rising inflation, Truss remained firm on his low tax pledge throughout the campaign – a move that was clearly based on the Conservative Party with historically low taxes. been paid.
While the UK-born Sunak relied on her personal immigrant story and Indian heritage, Truss repeatedly admitted that she may not be the smartest of the candidates, but had a clear vision of “how to get things done”. Ironically, both candidates back Tory grandee Margaret Thatcher as their inspiration. However, while Sunak was as firmly attached to one end of the party wing as Brexiteer, the truss was the one that voted for the UK to remain in the European Union (EU). She was also frequently drawn to her membership and campaign for the Liberal Democrats as a young student at Oxford University.
“The reason I’m a conservative is because I see the kids in my school frustrated in Leeds,” she said during a televised debate at the start of the campaign, when she faced her political flip-flops.
But whatever his background, the South West Norfolk MP managed to win on a Tory membership basis, which was a clear harbinger as he was chosen as a finalist by his party colleagues.
Born in Oxford to a maths professor father and nurse teacher mother, Truss grew up and lived in various parts of the UK, including Paisley in Scotland and Leeds, Kidderminster and London in England – something she had learned all along during the campaign. redeemed as a commitment to If leaders are elected in some parts of the country.
Truss is married to accountant Hugh O’Leary, with two teenage daughters.
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