India-France defence partnership robust, in step with Atmanirbhar Bharat: MEA – Instances of India

PARIS: Emphasizing the robust strategic and defence partnership between India and France, International Secretary Vinay Kwatra on Wednesday (native time) stated that the defence cooperation between the 2 international locations is in step with “our personal home coverage of Atmanirbharta (self-reliance)”. The International Secretary made the remarks whereas addressing a press briefing on the conclusion of the bilateral and delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron. Answering a query of potential agreements in the course of the talks on additional upgradation and orders of the French fighter plane Rafale, International Secretary stated that the talks didn’t essentially cowl particular person platforms. “I believe what you’ll want to realise is when the 2 strategic companions converse, it covers the dialogue in a format which isn’t essentially targeted on transactions on particular person platforms,” International Secretary Kwatra stated. Speaking additional concerning the defence cooperation between India and France, the International Secretary reiterated that the 2 international locations “are very robust strategic companions, and still have a really robust defence partnership”. The context of defence partnership is outlined within the case of our two international locations by not simply commerce in numerous platforms, however it additionally extends to co-development, co-designing, co-manufacturing,” Kwatra stated. “That is additionally very a lot in sync and in step with our personal home coverage of Atmanirbharta, which additionally ofcourse extends very strongly within the subject of defence,” he added. The joint assertion launched by India and France on the finish of the Prime Minister’s go to additionally talked concerning the higher involvement of France in “Atmanirbhar Bharat” (self-reliant India). “As seen within the well timed supply of the Rafale regardless of the pandemic, the 2 sides take pleasure in synergy within the subject of defence,” the joint assertion learn. “Taking ahead this momentum, and primarily based on their mutual belief, each side agreed to seek out inventive methods for France’s deeper involvement within the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ (Self-reliant India) efforts in superior defence know-how, manufacturing and exports, together with by way of encouraging elevated trade to trade partnerships,” the assertion added. Each side additionally welcomed the “ongoing intense cooperation throughout all defence domains” within the joint assertion. Answering one other query, on the potential of co-production of Rafale plane with France in India by the Hindustan Aeronautics Restricted (HAL), International Secretary Kwatra stated that he couldn’t remark particularly on that, however highlighted that there are lots of prospects. “With regard to the co-production, prospects… look, it is a very broad scope, and it is a very broad subject of substance, and something will be mentioned and is feasible when it comes to what two international locations can ultimately conform to co-produce,” Kwatra stated. “So, I haven’t got a really particular reply to present you on that, however I believe, it consists of many prospects,” he added. The feedback got here on the ultimate day of the three-day Europe go to of PM Modi, in the course of the course of which the Prime Minister visited Germany and Denmark, earlier than making a short stopover in Paris. “Delighted, as all the time, to satisfy my buddy President @EmmanuelMacron. We talked at size about bilateral in addition to international points. India and France are proud developmental companions with our partnership unfold throughout totally different sectors,” PM Modi stated about his interactions with the French President. PM Modi emplaned for India after the conclusion of his engagements in Paris on Wednesday (native time).

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