India, France to hold strategic dialogue tomorrow

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India, France to hold strategic dialogue tomorrow

New Delhi (NVI): India and France will hold their annual Strategic Dialogue tomorrow in New Delhi where the Indian side will be represented by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

The French delegation will be led by Emmanuel Bonne, Diplomatic Advisor to the French President, MEA said.

The two sides will hold discussions on wide-ranging bilateral and global issues, the Ministry said, adding that Emmanuel Bonne from France will also call on other Indian dignitaries.

The last edition of the Strategic Dialogue was held in February 2020 in Paris, it said.

As India began its new stint at United Nations Security Council for a period of two years on January 1, France had welcomed India to the UNSC.

“France welcomes India as it joins #UNSC for the next 2 years. We are eager to work side by side to uphold international law, fight terrorism and defend #multilateralism. To this end, we also need a UNSC reform that gives India a permanent seat!” French Ambassador to India, Emmanuel Lenain had tweeted on January 1.

India and France have in the past jointly called for reform of the UNSC that would enable India to gain a permanent seat on it. Both the countries also share the same vision for a new balanced multipolar world, which must be based on the rule of law.

They also have a mutual understanding of the security developments in Asia and the Indo-Pacific, including combating international terrorism.