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Ajit Doval meets French counterpart, discusses Indo-Pacific, Afghanistan India-France
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Ajit Doval meets French counterpart, discusses Indo-Pacific, Afghanistan

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 06 Jan 2023, 10:07 am

New Delhi: Ajiit Doval, KC, National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister of India and Emmanuel Bonne, Diplomatic Adviser to the President of the Republic of France co-chaired the annual India-France Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi on Thursday.

"Bonne also met Prime Minister and External Affairs Minister," read a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs.

Following the meeting, Indian PM Narendra Modi tweeted: "Had a fruitful meeting with Mr. Emmanuel Bonne, Diplomatic Advisor to President Macron covering a wide range of issues from Defence & security to culture. Glad that our Strategic Partnership is further deepening. Conveyed invitation to my friend @EmmanuelMacronto visit India."

During the Strategic Dialogue and the meetings, India and France reiterated their commitment to take forward their strategic partnership to ensure peace, stability and security in the Indo-Pacific based on common beliefs in rules-based international order and strategic autonomy.

The two sides discussed global security environment, expanding the scope of defence cooperation to include co-development of futuristic technologies in line with India's priorities of Make in India and Atmanirbhar Bharat.

The agenda included discussions on the situation in Afghanistan, Africa, South East Asia, Eurasia; Third Country Cooperation; cooperation in the lndo-Pacific, nuclear energy, space and cyber domains.

Both sides also agreed to strengthen bilateral defence and security cooperation including in the South West Indian Ocean Region and the Indo-Pacific and pursuit of new initiatives in critical and emerging technologies.

Both sides reiterated that in view of the emerging uncertainties and volatile global security environment, there was a need for closer cooperation between India and France, including in the UNSC and other multilateral forums.