India is the “foremost” strategic partner for France.
France described India as it’s ‘Foremost’ strategic partner in Asia, and the French Defence Minister Florence Parly will be visiting India today to further the defense cooperation with New Delhi, India. The first batch of Rafale jets will be inducted today in Ambala, and Parly is a guest in that ceremony. She will be meeting up with the Indian Defense minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. She will be given a guard of honor upon her arrival.
This event occurred four years after signing the inter-governmental agreement with France to procure 36 aircraft at 59,000 crore rupees. The meeting between the defense ministers will focus on maritime security ties within the indo-pacific, modalities in the continued armed forces, and industrial and technological deals with the Make in India program. The talks of French President Immanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about deepening the Indo-french relationship with strategic autonomy and multi-polar order as it’s cornerstones.
The French defense minister will be accompanied by defense majors who have been working on the Rafale deal. The program in Ambala will start with a traditional ‘Sarva dharma Puja.’ A special salute- which is the water cannon salute will be given to the Rafale aircraft in Ambala.
The French ambassador Emmanuel Lenain talked on twitter about the strengthening ties between the two countries. The relations have been in a continuous upswing. Areas of civil nuclear cooperation, trade, security, and investment are part of the Indo-French strategic relationship’s principal pillars. The two countries are expanding their engagements by talking about the Indian oceanic region, change, and sustainable growth and development.