French foreign minister in India to discuss trade, defence with Jaishankar

By Livemint

French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is to visit India this week for talks with his counterpart S Jaishankar on strengthening ties on a range of issues including trade, defence, climate, migration and mobility, education and health in a post-covid world.

Le Drian’s visit is the third high level visit from France to India this year. A statement from the Indian foreign ministry on Monday said Le Drian will be in New Delhi from 13-15 April and will also meet with environment minister Prakash Javadekar.

“India and France enjoy a strategic partnership since 1998 which has been marked by regular high level exchanges and growing cooperation in diverse areas,” the statement said.

A separate statement from the French embassy in New Delhi said the Indo-Pacific statement would be a topic of discussion during Le Drian’s visit to New Delhi.

On Tuesday, Le Drian will meet Jaishankar for talks that will “cover all aspects of the bilateral strategic partnership, joint initiatives in the IndoPacific, regional and global issues of common interest, and cooperation in the United Nations Security Council, where India currently sits as an elected member,” the statement said.

Le Drian will also call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it said.

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