India and France to strengthen ties in Indo-Pacific
French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian and India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar are exploring ways to strengthen ties in the Indo-Pacific, including the India-France-Australia trilateral mechanism sources confirmed on Tuesday.
The two ministers held extensive talks covering bilateral strategic ties, including regional and global challenges.
“They explored ways to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, including the India-France-Australia trilateral mechanism, addressing emerging challenges in the maritime and space domains and working together in the area of climate action and biodiversity protection,” read an official statement.
“In this regard, India welcomes France’s decision to take up the ‘Maritime Resources’ pillar of India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI),” it added.
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)