French President Emmanuel Macron’s top advisor Emmanuel Bone and national security adviser Ajit Doval will hold annual strategic talks between the two countries tomorrow, which is expected to progress and six in a 10,000 MW nuclear power plant to be set up in Maharashtra. Will build. Diesel-electric submarines under Project P-75I for the Indian Navy. In addition, the two top advisors will also share notes on improving maritime security and development in the Indo-Pacific region, especially in the context of China’s aggressive moves.
President Macron’s diplomatic advisor Bonnie is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister S Jaishankar on Friday and Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla.
“The two sides will discuss broad bilateral and global issues,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement before the strategic dialogue. France has been one of India’s most trusted partners in Europe for years, but the two countries had a tilt over the years leading to a deal to buy 36 Rafale aircraft.
When French Defense Minister Florence Parry was in India last year with reference to the induction of omni-role fighter jets into the Indian Air Force, she and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh agreed to stick to the Rafael blueprint of government-to-government deals Had gone. For future defense purchases.
India hopes to sign a $ 2.5 billion contract this year for 56 medium transport aircraft under the Make-in-India initiative. India is also acquiring six Airbus 330 multi-role transport tanker aircraft to enhance the strike capacity of the Indian Air Force (IAF) under the ‘Make in India’ program. The jet engine, used by Dassault Aviation for Rafale jets, can be used to power twin-engine advanced multi-role combat aircraft developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), as long as That it does not develop its own version.
Officials said France reacted positively to New Delhi’s concerns for military ties with India, which have unfavorable relations with India, a reference to Pakistan. France has decided to help Pakistan upgrade its fleet of Mirage Fighter jets, air defense systems and Agosta 90B class submarines, a decision taken after Prime Minister Imran Khan strongly criticized French President Macron. Around the same time, France also exposed Qatar, which had previously bought Rafale jets for its air force, for maintenance, not allowing any Pakistan-origin technicians near the aircraft.
Pakistan watchers said it was due to the restrictive approach of the French government that the Mirage 3 and Mirage 5 fighter jets did not participate in the joint air exercise, Eagle-IX, last month on the Pakistan Air Force list. And Pakistan Air Force was involved.
Doval and Sowen are expected to discuss India’s other neighbors, China, in some detail, French concerns around Beijing in particular, attempting muscle resilience in the Indo-Pacific region. For example, China is trying to bring people to the French Islands of New Caledonia to vote for independence in three referendums being held to decide its future. The islands, with an area of 18,575 sq km located in the South Pacific region of Australia, are one of the 16 overseas territories of France which are home to 1.5 million French citizens.
In October last year, France formalized its interest in the Indo-Pacific when President Macron appointed Christophe Penot, one of his country’s most senior diplomats, as the first French envoy to the Indo-Pacific. As part of this focus, France has taken new initiatives such as trilateral talks with India and Australia launched in September to increase cooperation in the region and strengthen multilateralism.
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