India & France hold 36th Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi

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India and France held the 36th Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi on 5 January. The two sides discussed a wide range of bilateral and global issues.

An overview of the news

  • National Security Advisor Ajit Doval led the Indian delegation while the French delegation was led by Emmanuel Bonne, Diplomatic Advisor to the French President.

  • The last edition of the Strategic Dialogue was to be held in Paris in November 2021.

India, France bilateral relations

  • France is the first country with which India started a strategic dialogue after its 1998 nuclear tests.

  • Bilateral trade with France has reached US$ 10.75 billion in the last decade and is showing a steady increase.

  • Both sides recognized the importance of discussing the India-EU Trade and Investment Agreement.

  • There are around 1,000 French companies present in India while over a hundred Indian businesses have established a presence in France.

  • In 2005, an agreement was signed to build six Scorpene submarines in India with the help of France.

  • There has been an agreement between the Government of France and India for 36 Rafale aircraft.

About France

  • President: Emmanuel Macron

  • Prime minister: Élisabeth Borne

  • Capital: Paris

  • Currency : euro

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