France is the first stop on Shringla’s three-country tour which will also take him to Germany and the UK and his interactions in the three countries aim to strengthen relations in a wide range of areas. India has already condemned the terrorist attacks in Paris and Nice and supported President Emmanuel Macron for his stance against radical Islam.
During her interaction with a cross-section of prominent members of academia, the media and think tanks, Shringla said India was on France’s side following last week’s attacks in Paris and Nice.
The two countries cannot claim that such actions “come from the initiatives of lone wolves and stray individuals”, because “an infrastructure of radicalism, including its manifestations online, comes into play”, he said. declared. These forces also enjoy the support of states and organized institutions and the two countries cannot and should not postpone a coordinated and definitive response, he added.
As Shringla began his two-day visit to France, a man armed with a knife killed three people in a terrorist attack on a church in the city of Nice. Samuel Paty, a professor who used controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad from the satirical Charlie Hebdo newspaper in a course on free speech, was beheaded in an attack in Paris on October 16.
During Friday’s interaction, Shringla described France as India’s longest-standing strategic partner and a staunch friend in several areas, from terrorism to global warming, maritime security to sustainable development and international institutions. standards-based technology and innovation.
As a result of the focus on the international system due to the Covid-19 pandemic, multilateralism must be reformed, he said. As instinctive multilateralists, India and France must shoulder responsibilities together, especially in the UN Security Council, he added.
India and France also recognize the dangers of climate change with clarity and consistency, and their work on the International Solar Alliance and the Paris Agreement bears witness to this, Shringla said.
The same globalist philosophy should be carried into new areas such as cyberspace or the Indo-Pacific, as India and France are forces of stability working for the greater common good, he added.