External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and the United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Tuesday held delegation-level talks to expand cooperation in a range of sectors such as trade, defence, education, environment and health.

Raab's three-day visit to India from December 14-17 comes at a time the UK is holding complex negotiations with the European Union on reaching a post Brexit trade deal.

“EAM @DrSJaishankar welcomed his British counterpart UK Foreign Secretary @DominicRaab. Bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest are on the agenda,” External Affairs Minister spokesperson Anurag Srivastava wrote on Twitter.

The UK has been looking at ramping up trade with leading economies like India, in the wake of Brexit. There have been apprehensions that its separation from the European Union without a trade deal could severely cripple its financial markets and may have long-term implications for its economy.

Raab will also hold meetings with the Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar, and the Minister of Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal.

The External Affairs Ministry said that Raab’s visit will pave the way for further strengthening of the partnership across trade, defence, climate, migration and mobility, education, and health sectors in the post-Covid, post-Brexit context.

The visit is also likely to lay the ground for Prime Minister Boris Johnson's possible visit to India early next year.

The British foreign secretary is scheduled to meet environment minister Prakash Javadekar and education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal.

Raab will also travel to Bengaluru where he will meet Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on December 17.

(With inputs from agencies)