GS Paper - 2 (International Relations)

National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on 6 November 2021 met his French counterpart for an annual strategic dialogue between the two countries in Paris. Doval co-chaired the strategic dialogue with Emmanuel Bonne, diplomatic advisor to the president of the Republic of France, Emmanuel Macron.

What

  1. Both countries discussed various issues of global and regional interest. Both underlined the importance of Indo-Pacific and cooperation in the region.
  2. France stressed its continuing commitment to the Indo-Pacific region, as a resident power, and partnership with India as a major pillar of its Indo-Pacific strategy.
  3. France is one of India's premier global and Indo-Pacific partners. The two sides reaffirmed the vision articulated by their meeting on the margins of the G20 Summit in Rome.
  4. Their strategic partnership has a vital role to play in advancing peace, stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region, based on democratic values and a common belief in strategic autonomy, rule of law, multipolarity and multilateralism.
  5. They agreed to strengthen bilateral defence and security partnership through enhanced intelligence and information sharing, operational cooperation, bolstering mutual capabilities, expanding bilateral exercises and pursuing new initiatives in maritime, space and cyber domains.
  6. Building on the successful India-France initiative on International Solar Alliance, the two sides stressed the need to accelerate cooperation in clean energy, including civil nuclear energy and green hydrogen, the release said.