New Delhi, Dec 15: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sushma Swaraj welcomed Foreign Minister of France Jean -Yves Le Drian ahead of delegate level talks today.
This is 2nd bilateral meeting un six months continuing momentum of high- level exchange.
Drian arrived country on various aspects of the Indo-France Strategic partnership. Today, this delegate level talk with Swaraj on wide aspects of the bilateral relationship as well as other regional and global issues of mutual interest.
With the establishment of the strategic partnership in 1998, there has been significant progress in In Indo-France Relationship, all areas of bilateral cooperation through regular high-level exchanges at the Head of State/Head of Government levels and growing commercial exchanges including in strategic areas such as defense, nuclear energy and space.
France was the first country with which India entered into an agreement on nuclear energy following the waiver given by International Atomic Energy Agency and the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group enabling India to resume full civil nuclear cooperation with the international community. There is also a growing and wide-ranging cooperation in areas such as trade and investment, culture, science and technology and education. France has consistently supported India’s permanent membership of the UNSC.
This high-level visit will follow on from President Macron’s state visit in March.
This meeting is reaffirmation of two countries with commitment for effective and strong multilateralism, while Paris is preparing to assume Presidency of G7, reform the UN Security Council and WTO within the framework of the roadmap endorsed in the G20.
“While in the visit, Le Drian will underline the importance of importance of the France-Indian Strategic partnership in the face of global threats and international and regional crisis. He will express desire to strengthen cooperation with respect to combating terrorist financing”, France Diplomate said in official statement.
Le Drian will start his Delhi schedule with signing ceremony of a ‘Three-year Contract’ between Atos, a global leader in digital transformation based in France and Indian authorities. This contract with Atos, under the framework of the National Supercomputing Mission of Government of India will contribute in India’s ambition to be leader in High Performance Computing (HCP).
In this discussion, France and India also talk about cooperative measure in sustainable Urban Development and Space and Energy fields. India and France also discuss on encouragement to strengthening human exchange in areas of higher education and tourism.