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Indo-French defence dialogue touches upon Afghanistan, Pak, China

Source : India Today

Indo-French defence dialogue touches upon Afghanistan, Pak, China
The Ministers acknowledged their convergences on a number of strategic and defence issues. (Credit: Twitter @rajnathsingh)



A discussion on the situation in Afghanistan after the takeover of Taliban and a deliberation on Pakistan and China was part of the India- France defence dialogue that took place in New Delhi on December 17. Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a dialogue with his French counterpart Florence Parly that focused on military cooperation. The two ministers also discussed aerospace cooperation, sources said.

“India-France Strategic Partnership is more relevant today than ever. I had an excellent meeting with my French counterpart, Ms @florence_parly,” defence minister Rajnath Singh said in a tweet.

A wide range of bilateral, regional and defence industrial cooperation issues were discussed in the Annual Defence Dialogue today.

India also highlighted the Make in India initiative. Officials privy to the discussions said it was communicated that French companies can either collaborate with Indian companies or manufacture in India.

“A wide range of bilateral, regional, defence and defence industrial cooperation issues were discussed in the annual meeting,” a statement from the Ministry of defence said.

The Ministry of Defence said the two ministers reviewed the existing military-to-military cooperation, which has increased in spite of pandemic challenges. They discussed ways to increase defence cooperation in all domains.

India and France have recently concluded their annual bilateral Army Exercise, Shakti, with focus on counter-terrorist operations, in France in November 2021.

“Defence industrial cooperation was discussed with focus on future collaborations and co-production between the two countries,” the defence ministry statement said.

The Ministers acknowledged their convergences on a number of strategic and defence issues. They expressed commitment to work together to enhance cooperation in bilateral, regional and multilateral forums.

France is the current chair of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium and shall take over the Presidency of the European Union from January 01, 2022. The two Ministers decided to work closely on a number of issues during the French Presidency.

French defence minister Florence Parly called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in the day.

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