Amidst Chinese combativeness, France extends support to India

Amid Chinese combativeness, France has extended support to India and high-level engagement has taken place at Defence and Foreign Ministry level.

Extending condolences to India, French Defence Minister Florence Parly wrote to Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on the death of 20 soldiers in the violent face-off in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley.

Calling India as “France’s strategic partner in the region”, Parly reiterated “her country’s deep solidarity.”

The letter sent on Monday said, “This was a hard blow against the soldiers, their families, and the nation. In these difficult circumstances, I wish to express my steadfast and friendly support, along with that of the French armed forces. I request you to kindly convey my heartfelt condolences to the entire Indian armed forces as well as to the grieving families.”

The French Defence Minister also expressed her readiness to meet Singh in India “to follow up on their ongoing discussions”, said sources.

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