On Monday, October 11, India and France convened the fifth session of the Indo-French maritime cooperation dialogue in Paris. Pankaj Saran, India’s Deputy National Security Adviser, and M Marcel Escure, France’s Ambassador for Regional Cooperation in the Indian Ocean Zone held in-depth discussions to bolster strategic partnership between the two countries.
The Indo-French dialogue on marine cooperation helped enhance the strategic connection between France and India, stated the French embassy in India. It was built on frequent and constructive discussions between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron, the embassy added.
The fifth session provided an opportunity to build and strengthen Indo-French maritime security and safety cooperation projects, particularly through frequent exchanges and the expansion of fleets’ connections, while underlining the Indo-Pacific region’s common commitment, the statement read as reported by news agency ANI.
The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), and the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) are frameworks of regional forums that help improve Indo-French maritime cooperation.