Annual Strategic Dialogue between India and France

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India and France hold their annual strategic dialogue in New Delhi recently. Discussions were hold on wide-ranging bilateral and global issues between the two sides. The dialogue between the two countries is held annually with the countries alternating as hosts. In 2020, the India-France Strategic Dialogue was held in Paris.

Variety of Issues Discussed

  • COVID-19 vaccines
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Cybersecurity
  • Defence cooperation
  • Maritime security
  • Regional and global issues
  • Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region

India France Relations

  • Landmark Nuclear Agreement was signed in 2008.
  • Six European Pressurised Reactors were constructed by France each of 1,650 MW.
  • Following India-specific NSG waiver, the first country to sign a nuclear deal with India was France.
  • India-France trade is of 13 billion USD.
  • French imports from India are:
    • Helicopters
    • Satellites
    • Airplanes
    • Spacecraft launch vehicles
  • Permanent Naval Bases in Abu Dhabi and Djibouti has been established by France.
  • Under French control:
    • Territories of Mayotte Island and Reunion Island.
  • China՚s increased presence in the Indian Ocean:
    • Pakistan
    • Bangladesh
    • Sri Lanka
    • Djibouti
    • Maldives

A Logistics Sharing Agreement

  • To use the military facilities of one another.
  • Extremely important in terms of growing Chinese influence along the Indian Ocean Region.

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