New Delhi, Third Annual Defence Dialogue between India and France took place between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and French Minister for Armed Forces Florence Parly in New Delhi on December 17 and the two leaders discussed a wide range of bilateral, regional, defence and defence industrial cooperation issues during their meeting.
The ministers reviewed the existing military-to-military cooperation, which has increased in spite of pandemic challenges. They discussed ways to increase defence cooperation in all domains. India and France have recently concluded their annual bilateral Army Exercise, Shakti, with focus on counter-terrorist operations in France in November. Defence industrial cooperation was discussed with focus on future collaborations and co-production between the two countries.
The two leaders acknowledged their convergences on number of strategic and defence issues. They expressed commitment to work together to enhance cooperation in bilateral, regional and multilateral forums. France is the current chair of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) and shall take over the Presidency of European Union from January 1 next year. They also decided to work closely on a number of issues during the French Presidency.
Earlier, Ms. Parly called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and paid tribute to Indian soldiers at the National War Memorial. She was expected to meet with other Indian dignitaries during her visit.