Meeting between Laurent Fabius and his Indian counterpart, Salman Khurshid (January 10, 2013)
Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, received Salman Khurshid, India’s Minister of External Affairs.
This was the first visit to France by an Indian minister of external affairs since 2001. Mr. Khurshid was received by President Hollande on January 11.
This dialogue fall within the framework of the strategic partnership between our two countries, to which President Hollande and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reaffirmed their attachment during their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Los Cabos on June 20, 2012.
The French-Indian strategic partnership, which is remarkably close, encompasses many areas of cooperation: defense, civilian nuclear energy, academic, scientific and space cooperation, the fight against terrorism, the development of economic and commercial exchanges, as well as an ever increasing number of human and cultural exchanges.
During their meeting, Mr. Fabius and Mr. Khurshid also went over the situation in South Asia, notably had a discussion on Afghanistan, and discussed the major international issues, notably Syria, Iran, Libya and the situation in the Sahel.