French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday (April 12) arrived in New Delhi for his official visit, said the Ministry of External Affairs.
The French minister would be in India for a four-day visit during which he would be meeting External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and would be expected to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well.
“During his stay in New Delhi, Mr. Le Drian will hold talks with Minister of External Affairs, S Jaishankar on April 13, 2021, on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest. He will also meet the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar at a panel discussion on Climate Change,” according to a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs.
It will be the first high-level physical interaction between India and France since the outbreak of the COVID19 pandemic.
As per ANI reports, Indo-Pacific will be the key focus of discussions between the two ministers and Minister Drian is set to announce France joining the Indo-Pacific Oceans initiative launched by PM Modi.
Sources further said that France will push for the EU Indo-Pacific strategy during the talks.