New Delhi (NVI): Alex Ellis, UK’s new envoy to India, today presented his credentials to President Ram Nath Kovind, at a virtual ceremony held here.
President Kovind accepted Ellis as the UK’s new High Commissioner to India at the ceremony, the British High Commission said in a statement.
While speaking on the occasion, Alex Ellis said: “I am delighted to return to India, my home from 35 years ago. I remember my time fondly – trekking in the Himalayas, exploring the beautiful cities and taking in the night sky in the desert near Jaisalmer. I hope to see even more this time around and look forward to starting tomorrow by visiting Chennai.”
The UK envoy said that this is a significant year for the UK-India partnership, both bilaterally and on the global stage. He said the UK Government has made clear the importance it places on this relationship, as visits by the Foreign and Trade Secretaries underline.
“My immediate priorities include preparing for the UK Prime Minister’s upcoming visit to India and, I hope, welcoming India to the G7 and COP26 summits in the UK later this year,” he was quoted as saying by BHC.
“Long term, I will be looking to build a deeper, more forward looking partnership with India that benefits both our peoples and the world, through creating jobs by increased trade and investment, furthering our excellent health cooperation, working to keep our countries safe, and tackling the global challenge of climate change together,” he said.
“It also means nurturing the unique ‘living bridge’ of people and ideas that ties us together, and makes the UK-India relationship like no other,” Alex added.
“And, of course, I hope to see the right team win in Chennai,” he said.
President Kovind accepted credentials from five nations today- Ambassador/High Commissioner from the Republic of El Salvador, Panama, Tunisia, the United Kingdom and the Argentine Republic in a virtual ceremony.