The 36th India-France Strategic dialogue will be held this afternoon
The 36th India-France Strategic dialogue will be held this afternoon and lead to other high-level exchanges coming in March. Diplomatic Advisor Bonne will also meet Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.
“While a forward movement is expected on both aircraft engines and long-range submarines this year with France, the two strategic allies will be discussing the Indo-Pacific as France is ready to help India in ocean bed mapping and underwater drones and sensors. Given the PLA’s bellicosity in the Indo-Pacific with its rapidly expanding warship and nuclear submarine force, India along with its allies will have to prepare for all emergencies as the Indian Ocean will be the next frontier. The two allies have formed a tri-lateral grouping with UAE to ensure maritime domain awareness and security from the east coast of Africa to the far Pacific. Space is another key area where India and France have joined hands to share technology to counter the rapid strides taken by China.”