December 6, 2022

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Ajit Doval and French Foreign Minister discuss on Indo-French Partnership

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The 35th session of the Indo-French Strategic Dialogue featured conversations between India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and France's Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian.

The 35th session of the Indo-French Strategic Dialogue featured conversations between India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and France’s Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian. Today’s sessions were held in Paris. The significance of a free and open Indo-Pacific based on the rule of law was one of the main topics of debate. They also emphasised the significance of strengthening the Indo-French strategic relationship in areas such as defence, nuclear energy, space, and security. They also talked on how critical it is to battle climate change. In addition, he emphasised the importance of mutual trust between France and India.

Furthermore, the two sides held a lengthy conversation on enhancing maritime security, with France offering to supply cutting-edge sub-surface technologies such as underwater drones and cutting-edge submarines. In addition, the French Minister asked for ongoing Indo-French coordination on Afghanistan at the UN Security Council.

Indo- French Foreign Relations

The relationship between India and France dates back millennia. India’s strategic, diplomatic, and economic rise is acknowledged by France. Supports India’s proposals in a number of important areas, including a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. The two countries formed a Strategic Partnership in 1998.

India and France are expanding their cooperation in new areas such as security in the Indian Ocean region and climate change. It covers, among other things, the International Solar Alliance and sustainable growth and development.

One of the pillars of the strategic partnership between the two countries has been defence industrial cooperation. India received the Ouragan aircraft in the 1950s, and cooperation with France continued with the Mystères, Jaguar, and Mirage 2000 aircraft. They also applauded the conclusion of an agreement on the provision of reciprocal logistic support. In 1983, the countries began combined naval drills known as ‘Varuna.’ The air forces and the military began joint drills in 2003 and 2011, respectively. In addition, on September 23, 2016, India inked an inter-governmental agreement for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighters in flyaway condition.

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