Kautilya Academy 08-01-2021
India and France execute their annual strategic talks in New Delhi. National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval will lead the Indian delegation, while the French side will be led by Emmanuel Bonne, who is also Emmanuel Macron's diplomatic advisor.
Both sides will discuss broad bilateral and global issues. Emmanuel Bonn will also call other Indian dignitaries.
What are the key takeaways from the India-France Annual Strategic Dialogue?
The countries will mainly focus on Covid 19 vaccines, nuclear, Indo Pacific, space environment, maritime security, digital economy and defence sectors.
Why is France so important to India in the context of Indo Pacific?
France has a deep presence in the Indian Ocean region. Many of the islands of Mayotte Island and Reunion Island are under the control of France. These foreign territories provide France with an area of 2.8 million square kilometres, as illustrated in the Indian Ocean, under the UNCLOS Treaty Special Economic.
Which military agreement has been signed by India and France recently-
India and France have recently signed a logistics sharing agreement. It enables countries to use other military facilities. This is very important in the context of the growing Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean culture.
Trade between India and France-
French companies are among the top investors in India. There is a trade of US $ 13 billion between India and France. French imports from India include helicopters, satellites, aeroplanes, spacecraft launch vehicles.
About the Strategic Dialogue between India and France -
The Indo-French Strategic Dialogue is held every year alternately with the host countries. The Strategic Dialogue between India and France was held in Paris in 2020
Relations between India and France-
Both countries have a special relationship with each other. India and France signed a landmark agreement in 2008. According to this agreement, France built six European pressure reactors in each of the 1650 MW.