India and France mentioned cooperation on points starting from defence and counter-terrorism to civil nuclear vitality and reiterated their dedication to an inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific throughout their annual strategic dialogue.
Nationwide Safety Adviser Ajit Doval and Emmanuel Bonne, diplomatic advisor to the French president, participated within the dialogue in New Delhi on Thursday. Bonne, who’s France’s Sherpa for the G7 and G20, additionally met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, defence minister Rajnath Singh, exterior affairs minister S Jaishankar and overseas secretary Harsh Shringla.
The agenda for the strategic dialogue included defence and safety, key worldwide and regional points, together with the Indo-Pacific, counter-terrorism, cyber-security, and cooperation in house and civil nuclear vitality.
“On every matter, the 2 sides famous the excessive diploma of convergence of views and agreed on concrete steps to additional improve their cooperation. Particularly, they reiterated their attachment to an inclusive, rules-based Indo-Pacific which contributes to a multipolar Asia in a multipolar world,” the French embassy stated in an announcement.
In his conferences with the Indian management, Bonne conveyed President Emmanuel Macron’s want to additional strengthen the connection of belief and friendship with India. “Indo-French cooperation will likely be key to tackling international challenges in 2021, resembling making certain equal and common entry to Covid-19 vaccines, defending local weather and biodiversity, and constructing a renewed multilateralism,” the assertion stated.
On this respect, Bonne stated France will work intently with India within the UN Safety Council in 2021-22 and reiterated his nation’s assist for India’s bid for a everlasting seat within the council. India not too long ago started a two-year stint as a non-permanent member of the Safety Council.
The exterior affairs ministry stated that either side highlighted the convergence of views on a variety of points.
France and India established a strategic partnership in 1998 that has grown in scope and depth. France has additionally backed India’s efforts to counter terrorism at multilateral our bodies such because the UN and the Monetary Motion Process Pressure (FATF).