Macron’s office said France and India will open a “strategic dialogue” next week in Paris to define a common agenda. The talks will focus on bilateral, regional and international issues.
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France has declared India to be its “main partner” in the Indo-Pacific region after the announcement in September of a secretly negotiated submarine deal between Australia, the United States and Britain.
Macron’s office cited “trust” and “independence” as the principles that should guide France and India’s actions in the region rocked by concerns about China’s growing influence.
Macron also met with Presidents Joko Widodo of Indonesia and Moon Jae-in of South Korea on Saturday on similar issues.