France-India: fifth maritime cooperation dialogue (11 October 2021)
The fifth session of the Franco-Indian maritime cooperation dialogue was held in Paris on 11 October 2021, in the presence of Mr Pakaj Saran, Deputy National Security Adviser to the Indian Prime Minister, and, on the French side, M. Marcel Escure, Ambassador Delegate for Regional Cooperation in the Indian Ocean Zone, Mme Alice Guitton, Director General for International Relations and Strategy, Ministry for the Armed Forces, and M. Alexandre Vulic, Deputy Director for Strategic Affairs and Disarmament, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.
Building on the regular discussions between French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Franco-Indian dialogue on maritime cooperation helps strengthen the strategic partnership between France and India. At the end of a day of in-depth exchanges and discussions, this fifth session provided an opportunity to develop and reinforce Franco-Indian cooperation projects in the maritime security and safety fields, including through regular exchanges and the deepening of relations between the navies, while reaffirming our shared commitment in the Indo-Pacific region.
Regional forums such as the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) are frameworks that help strengthen Franco-Indian cooperation on maritime issues.