Today, on the occasion of India’s Republic Day, we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the signature of the Indo-French Strategic Partnership.
This anniversary makes 2023 an exceptional year in the relationship between our two countries. We must use this opportunity to write a new chapter in our strategic partnership in all of the fields that have contributed to its excellence thus far, such as defense, space, nuclear energy, maritime security and, more generally speaking, cooperation on security issues.
The stop made by the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in Goa this past weekend following the joint Indo-French exercise Varuna provides a concrete example of the broad scope of our cooperation. Further illustrations of this can be found in the partnership that our countries have developed in a wide range of strategic fields, ranging from submarines to combat aviation and climate change, via the International Solar Alliance.
A roadmap for this new phase in our relationship will be presented soon. Throughout this year, which will also be marked by India’s G20 presidency, many projects in different fields will celebrate this anniversary and highlight France’s increasingly close relationship with India, an essential partner in our Indo-Pacific strategy.