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France and India


As early as the 1980s, we wanted to give new scope to our relations with India. This rapprochement was made concrete by the launch of a strategic partnership in 1998, as well as by a strategic dialogue a year later. This dialogue is based on annual high-level meetings and consultations conducted semi-annually by the Diplomatic Advisor to the French President and India’s National Security Advisor.

In the area of foreign policy, our own vision of reforms to conduct in the processes of world governance, and our support on several strategic issues for New Delhi – for its candidacy for a seat as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, support for its access to civil nuclear cooperation – are highly appreciated inIndia.

From a regional standpoint,Francefully supportsIndiain its efforts to fight terrorism and welcomes theIndiangovernment’s efforts with a view to resuming apoliticaldialogue with Pakistan. We seek to raiseIndia’s awareness of our position on sensitive regional issues(Iran, Afghanistan, and Syria).

The French President made a working visit to India from 4 to 7 December 2010. This visit made it possible to strengthen the partnership between France and India and open new prospects for cooperation, through the signing of a series of agreements and the adoption of concrete projects in all areas (nuclear, space, university, economics and trade). This visit took place following a succession of visits at the highest level: the French President’s visit to India on 26 January 2008 (guest of honour for India’s national holiday) and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to France on 29 and 30 September 2008 (EU-India summit in Marseilles, then a bilateral summit in Paris), the Prime Minister’s trip in 2009 for the 14 July ceremonies, featuring 400 Indian soldiers parading on the Champs Elysées.

The Ministre d’État went to India on 20 and 21 October 2011, where he was able to meet with the Prime Minister, and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, the Interior and Finance. He reviewed the progress made since the presidential visit in 2010, and brought up the major issues and current crises that call for a concerted response from the international community.

Updated on 03.09.12



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