Emmanuel Bonne, the diplomatic advisor to French President, on January 7 called on India for combined initiatives between New Delhi and Paris during the country’s tenure at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
India began its tenure as a non-permanent member of the powerful 15-nation UN organ for the 2021-22 term on January 1. While speaking at an event in New Delhi, Bonne called India’s term “critical” and said that France wants to develop ties with India in a long-term approach.
Bonne said, “India will be a member of the UNSC for two years. This will be a critical occasion for both of us to take initiatives whether it will be on the Indo-Pacific region or it is about addressing terrorist threats”.
“We need India..we want to develop ties with India in a long term approach,” he added.
Further, the French diplomat thanked Indian authorities and civil society for the support when France was “under attack by some leaders in Turkey and Pakistan and in other countries”. He said that France “very much appreciate the support” they got from India.
Meanwhile, earlier this month, French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain welcomed India’s eighth tenure at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for two years starting from January 1, 2021.