India and France commit to the inclusive Indo-Pacific, equal access to Covid-19 vaccines

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India and France discussed cooperation on issues ranging from defense and counterterrorism to civilian nuclear power 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 adviser to the French president, took part in the dialogue in New Delhi on Thursday. Bonne, who is Sherpa of France for the G7 and G20, also met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Foreign Minister Harsh Shringla.

The strategic dialogue program included defense and security, major international and regional issues, including the Indo-Pacific, counterterrorism, cybersecurity and cooperation in space, and civilian nuclear energy.

“On each subject, the two sides noted the high degree of convergence of views and agreed on concrete measures to further strengthen their cooperation. In particular, they reiterated their commitment to an inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific that contributes to a multipolar Asia in a multipolar world, ”the French Embassy said in a statement.

During her meetings with Indian leaders, Bonne expressed President Emmanuel Macron’s wish to further strengthen the relationship of trust and friendship with India. “Franco-French cooperation will be essential to meet global challenges in 2021, such as guaranteeing equal and universal access to Covid-19 vaccines, protecting the climate and biodiversity and building a renewed multilateralism,” said the press release.

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In this regard, Bonne said that France will work closely with India on the UN Security Council in 2021-2022 and reiterated her country’s support for India’s candidacy for a permanent seat in the United Nations. Advice. India recently began a two-year term as a non-permanent member of the Security Council.

The Foreign Ministry said the two sides underlined the convergence of views on a series of issues.

France and India established a strategic partnership in 1998 which grew in scope and depth. France has also supported India’s efforts to fight terrorism within multilateral organizations such as the UN and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

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