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India, France pledge to boost defence ties | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India and France held another round of strategic dialogue Thursday reaffirming commitment to their partnership in the Indo-Pacific and pledging to further enhance defence cooperation with focus on co-development of futuristic technologies. France has been looking to become India’s most trusted partner in defence manufacturing by sharing best technology and state-of-the-art equipment.
The dialogue was co-chaired by NSA Ajit Doval and French President’s diplomatic adviser Emmanuel Bonne who later also met PM Narendra Modi and foreign minister S Jaishankar. Discussions were also held about French President Emmanuel Macron‘s upcoming visit to India.
During the strategic dialogue and the meetings, according to the MEA, India and France reiterated their commitment to take forward their strategic partnership to ensure peace, stability and security in the Indo-Pacific based on common beliefs in rules-based international order and strategic autonomy. Discussions were held on the conflict in Ukraine and its impact on the global economy.
“The two sides discussed global security environment, expanding the scope of defence cooperation to include co-development of futuristic technologies in line with India’s priorities of Make in India and Atmanirbhar Bharat,” said the government, adding the agenda included discussions on the situation in Afghanistan, Africa, South East Asia, Eurasia.
Third Country Cooperation; cooperation in the lndo-Pacific, nuclear energy, space and cyber domains were also among the issued discussed.
Both sides also agreed to strengthen bilateral defence and security cooperation including in the south west Indian Ocean Region and the Indo-Pacific and pursuit of new initiatives in critical and emerging technologies.
“Both sides reiterated that in view of the emerging uncertainties and volatile global security environment, there was a need for closer cooperation between India and France, including in the UNSC and other multilateral forums,” said the government.

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