September 9, 2020 8:56:11 pm
France on Wednesday described India as its “foremost” Asian strategic accomplice and mentioned the upcoming go to of its Defence Minister Florence Parly to the nation is aimed toward additional strengthening the “forward-looking” defence cooperation with New Delhi.
Parly will go to India on Thursday to attend a ceremony in Ambala to induct the primary batch of 5 Rafale jets into the Indian Air Force (IAF).
The French defence minister will maintain talks along with her Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
A defence ministry spokesperson mentioned Parly will likely be given a ceremonial Guard of Honour on her arrival in Delhi.
The first batch of 5 Rafale jets arrived in India on July 29, practically 4 years after India signed an inter-governmental settlement with France to acquire 36 of the plane at a value of Rs 59,000 crore.
In a press release, the French embassy right here mentioned the main focus of the talks will likely be on maritime safety ties within the Indo-Pacific, counter-terror cooperation and strengthening general bilateral defence partnership.
“Their broad-ranging talks will cowl, amongst others, industrial and technological partnership in step with the Make in India programme, operational defence cooperation, significantly maritime safety within the Indo-Pacific, modalities of continuous the armed forces’ joint workout routines within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, counter-terrorism cooperation in addition to main regional and worldwide strategic points,” the embassy mentioned.
It mentioned the talks will take ahead the choice of French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to deepen and increase the Indo-French partnership with strategic autonomy, and the defence of a multipolar order as its cornerstones.
It will likely be Parly’s third go to to India since 2017 and one in all her very first official journeys because the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic, the embassy mentioned.
The French defence minister will likely be accompanied by prime executives from Dassault Aviation, Thales Group, Safran, and MBDA, representing the French defence majors which have been partnering with many Indian corporations as a part of the Rafale deal.
“At Ambala, this system will embody ceremonial unveiling of the Rafale plane, a conventional ‘Sarva Dharma Puja’, air show by Rafale and Tejas plane in addition to by ?Sarang Aerobatic Team’,” the defence ministry mentioned in a press release.
Afterwards, a conventional water cannon salute will likely be given to the Rafale plane, it mentioned.
The Rafale jets, produced by French aerospace main Dassault Aviation, will likely be formally inducted into the IAF on the ceremony in Ambala air base on Thursday in presence of Singh, Parly and a number of other prime army officers.
During her go to to the nationwide capital, Parly will even pay floral tributes to India’s valiant troopers on the National War Memorial.
In a video message posted on Twitter, French ambassador Emmanuel Lenain talked concerning the strategic ties between the 2 international locations and described the go to of Parly as one of many essential steps additional boosting bilateral relationship.
The ties between India and France are on an upswing in the previous few years with cooperation witnessing a significant enlargement in key areas.
The areas of defence and safety, civil nuclear cooperation and commerce and funding represent the principal pillars of the Indo-French strategic partnership.
In addition, India and France are more and more engaged in new areas of cooperation equivalent to within the Indian Ocean area, local weather change and sustainable progress and growth.
The two international locations share a detailed diploma of convergence on a spread of regional and world points as effectively together with methods to take care of terrorism and extremism.
Both India and France have essential bilateral funding and commerce cooperation. France has emerged as a significant supply of FDI in India with greater than 1,000 French institutions working within the nation with a complete turnover of round USD 20 billion.
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