India, France firm on inclusive Indo-Pacific, equal access to Covid-19 vaccines – india news

India and France discussed cooperation on issues ranging from defence and counter-terrorism to civil nuclear energy and reiterated their commitment to an inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific during their annual strategic dialogue.

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Emmanuel Bonne, diplomatic advisor to the French president, participated in the dialogue in New Delhi on Thursday. Bonne, who is France’s Sherpa for the G7 and G20, also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, defence minister Rajnath Singh, external affairs minister S Jaishankar and foreign secretary Harsh Shringla.

The agenda for the strategic dialogue included defence and security, key international and regional issues, including the Indo-Pacific, counter-terrorism, cyber-security, and cooperation in space and civil nuclear energy.

“On each topic, the two sides noted the high degree of convergence of views and agreed on concrete steps to further enhance their cooperation. In particular, they reiterated their attachment to an inclusive, rules-based Indo-Pacific which contributes to a multipolar Asia in a multipolar world,” the French embassy said in a statement.

In his meetings with the Indian leadership, Bonne conveyed President Emmanuel Macron’s wish to further strengthen the relationship of trust and friendship with India. “Indo-French cooperation will be key to tackling global challenges in 2021, such as ensuring equal and universal access to Covid-19 vaccines, protecting climate and biodiversity, and building a renewed multilateralism,” the statement said.

Also Read: India says maintaining communications with China for complete disengagement at LAC

In this respect, Bonne said France will work closely with India in the UN Security Council in 2021-22 and reiterated his country’s support for India’s bid for a permanent seat in the council. India recently began a two-year stint as a non-permanent member of the Security Council.

The external affairs ministry said that both sides highlighted the convergence of views on a range of issues.

France and India established a strategic partnership in 1998 that has grown in scope and depth. France has also backed India’s efforts to counter terrorism at multilateral bodies such as the UN and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Recent Articles

India should be wary of Chinese mind games

A Hong Kong-based English newspaper has quoted Chinese military sources to claim that China has withdrawn 10,000 troops from its “disputed border with...

Alok Sharma made president of UN climate conference in Glasgow – world news

Alok Sharma, who was appointed to the cabinet role of Business secretary in the Boris Johnson government following the December 2019 election, was...

UK court to deliver judgement on Nirav Modi extradition on Feb 25 – world news

The judgement in the Nirav Modi extradition case will be delivered in the Westminster Magistrates Court on February 25, judge Samuel Goozee announced...

Shocked by Capitol siege, more aides, GOP backers desert Trump – world news

While Donald Trump on Friday said he will not attend US President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, the outgoing president’s deputy, vice-president...

Murder probe opens after US police officer dies in Capitol mob attack – world news

A US Capitol Police officer died in the attack on the building by President Donald Trump’s supporters, taking the toll up to five...

Related Stories