New Delhi, Dec 15 (IECurrentAffairs) On a day the 2016 Indo-French Rafale fighter jet deal hogged the limelight, Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian arrived in the country to discuss various aspects of the Indo-French strategic partnership with the Indian leadership.
On Saturday, Le Drian will hold delegation-level talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the wide-ranging aspects of the bilateral relation as well as other regional and global issues of mutual interest.
He will also call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The visit of the French Foreign Affairs Minister caps a year of intensive high-level political exchanges between the two countries. It is taking place as France and India are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their strategic partnership, follows on from President Macron’s state visit in March.
These meetings will provide an opportunity to reaffirm our two countries’ commitment to strong and effective multilateralism, while Paris is preparing to assume the presidency of the G7, and reform of the UN Security Council as well as the WTO within the framework of the roadmap endorsed at the G20.
“Le Drian will underscore the importance of the French-Indian strategic partnership in the face of global threats and international and regional crises. He will express our desire to strengthen our cooperation with respect to combating terrorist financing,” France Diplomatie said in a statement.
In the face of the challenges of climate disruption, he will pay tribute to the strength of cooperation between the wo sides at the international level aimed at fostering innovative solutions, notably within the framework of the International Solar Alliance which held its first general assembly in October in the Indian capital.
Le Drian will start his Delhi schedule with the signing ceremony of a three-year contract between Atos, a global leader in digital transformation based in France, and the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) to design, build and install its BullSequana supercomputers.
This contract with Atos, under the framework of the National Supercomputing Mission of the Government of India, will contribute to India’s ambition to be a leader in High Performance Computing (HPC).
The minister will review the bilateral cooperation measures launched during President Macron’s state visit, notably in the space and energy fields, as well as in the area of sustainable urban development.
He will encourage the strengthening of human exchanges, including in the areas of higher education and tourism.
On the first day of his visit on Friday in Mumbai, Le Drian’s engagement focused on promoting cooperation in the motion pictures and tourism industries. He presided over the closing ceremony of the Second Indo-French Professional Meetings for the Film and Television Industry.
On this occasion, he confered the French honour of Knight of the National Order of Merit on Ashok Amritraj, Chairman and CEO – Hyde Park Entertainment Group.
The visiting minister also met the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis.