India and France agree to strengthen defense ties

The 20th edition of the Joint Chiefs of Defense talks between India and France focused on new defense cooperation initiatives, the government said on Thursday.

The two-day talks ended on Wednesday in Paris.

“The meeting took place in a friendly, warm and cordial atmosphere. The talks focused on new initiatives under the existing bilateral defense cooperation mechanism and on strengthening ongoing defense commitments,” the defense ministry said in a statement.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff Talks between India and France were set up to improve defense cooperation between the two countries through regular talks at the strategic and operational levels.

The two-day meeting was co-chaired by the Deputy Chief of Integrated Staff, Int-C (Military Cooperation), HQ, Integrated Defense Staff (HQ IDS), Vice Marshal of Air B Manikantan and the Head of Bilateral Cooperation South/General Staff, Brigadier General Eric Peltier.

He came close to signing a roadmap to boost bilateral exchanges on the blue economy during Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar’s visit to France in February, when India and France signed a roadmap.

The roadmap aims to forge a shared vision of a rule of law maritime policy and work together on sustainable and resilient coastal and river infrastructure.

“India and France intend to make the blue economy an engine of progress for their respective societies when it comes to respecting the environment and coastal and marine biodiversity. The two countries want to contribute to scientific knowledge and the protection of the oceans, and ensure that the ocean remains a global commons, an area of ​​freedom and exchange based on the rule of law,” the State Department said. in Jaishankar tour view.

“India and France maintain a high-quality dialogue on maritime security that allows them to address strategic issues in the Indo-Pacific. This partnership is an important step in Franco-Indian cooperation in the field of maritime security,” the ministry added.

The scope of the roadmap includes maritime trade, shipbuilding, fisheries, marine technology and scientific research, marine observation, marine biodiversity, marine ecosystem-based management and integrated coast management, marine ecotourism, inland waterways, inter-administrative cooperation on civil marine issues. , maritime spatial planning, international law of the sea and related multilateral negotiations.

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