India, France Discuss Strengthening Of Defence, Security Ties

Philippe Etienne, Diplomatic Advisor to French President Emanuel Macron called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi today

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India, France Discuss Strengthening Of Defence, Security Ties

French diplomat Philippe Etienne meets with PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi (PTI)

New Delhi:  India and France today discussed strengthening of ties in all areas, including defence and security, when Philippe Etienne, Diplomatic Advisor to French President Emanuel Macron, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. "Etienne briefed the Prime Minister on the strengthening ties between India and France in all sectors, including in the areas of defence and security," the Prime Minister's Office or PMO said in a statement.

Indo-French ties have received a boost in the last two years with high-level engagements and expansion of the already strong cooperation.

PM Modi has made two bilateral visits to France since assuming office -- in April 2015 and again in June this year when he met the newly elected Mr Macron.

He also visited Paris in November 2015 for the Conference of Parties climate summit during which he and then French President Francois Hollande jointly launched the India-initiated International Solar Alliance.

Defence cooperation between the two countries have been growing within the framework of structured talks under the Indo-French Defence Cooperation Agreement.

In September last year, India signed a deal to buy 36 Rafale jets in fly-away condition. Like India, France has also been a victim of multiple terrorist attacks.

"The Prime Minister said that defence and security are two important pillars of the India-France Strategic Partnership, and appreciated the growing bilateral engagement in all sectors," the PMO statement said.

"The Prime Minister also said that he looks forward to receiving President Macron in India at his earliest convenience," it added.

Earlier in the day, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also held a meeting with Mr Etienne.
 

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