In the talks between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French facet additionally determined to be a part of India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI).
The two sides additionally recognised the significance of quick monitoring the discussions on an India-EU commerce and funding settlement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) mentioned.
The two overseas ministers held intensive talks protecting all features of the bilateral strategic ties in addition to regional and world challenges.
“They explored ways to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, together with the India-France-Australia trilateral mechanism, addressing rising challenges in the maritime and area domains and dealing collectively in the realm of local weather motion and biodiversity safety,” the MEA mentioned.
“In this regard, India welcomes France’s determination to take up the ‘Maritime Resources’ pillar of India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI),” it mentioned in an announcement.
At the East Asia summit in Bangkok in 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed establishing of the IPOI to preserve and sustainably use the maritime area and to make significant efforts to create a protected and safe maritime area.
The MEA mentioned the 2 ministers held discussions on numerous regional and world problems with mutual curiosity and reiterated their shared dedication to a multipolar world and religion in multilateralism.
The French minister arrived right here on Monday night on a three-day go to to explore ways to additional boost cooperation between the 2 nations together with in the Indo-Pacific area.
After the talks, Jaishankar mentioned India and France will advance their shared post-COVID agenda by means of “shut collaboration”.
“A snug, substantive and productive dialogue with FM @JY_LeDrian. India and France will advance their shared post-COVID agenda by means of shut collaboration,” he tweeted.
French ambassador Emmanuel Lenain described the assembly as “wonderful”. “Excellent assembly b/w @JY_LeDrian @francediplo_EN & @DrSJaishankar @MEAIndia. The ministers mentioned all features of the bilateral strategic partnership, regional & world challenges and cooperation on the #UNSC,” Lenain mentioned in a tweet.
The MEA mentioned that in the context of the modifications in a Covid-impacted world, each Ministers recognised the immense alternatives for larger collaboration in numerous sectors akin to commerce and investments, defence and safety, well being, schooling, analysis and innovation, power and local weather change.
Bilateral commerce with France has witnessed a gentle rise in the final decade reaching USD 10.75 billion in 2020.
“To faucet the complete potential of bilateral commerce and financial relations, each side recognised the significance of quick monitoring the discussions on an India-EU commerce and funding settlement,” it mentioned.
On Monday, the ministry of exterior affairs (MEA) mentioned the go to by the French overseas minister will pave the way in which for additional strengthening of bilateral partnership throughout commerce, defence, local weather, migration and mobility, schooling and well being sectors in the post-COVID-19 context.
The French embassy mentioned Le Drian is endeavor the go to to strengthen strategic ties between France and India, boost cooperation in a number of fields, notably the Indo-Pacific.
The defence and safety ties between India and France are on an upswing in the previous few years.
India had signed an inter-governmental settlement with France in September 2016 for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a value of round Rs 58,000 crore. Dassault Aviation, the producer of Rafales, has delivered 14 jets to the Indian Air Force up to now.