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French Foreign Minister To Begin 3-Day India Visit From Tomorrow


The French minister can also be scheduled to take part within the Raisina Dialogue. (File)

New Delhi:

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will start a three-day go to to India on Tuesday to spice up cooperation in a spread of key areas, together with within the Indo-Pacific area.

Announcing the go to, the Ministry of External affairs (MEA) mentioned it would pave the way in which for additional strengthening of the bilateral partnership throughout the commerce, defence, local weather, migration and mobility, training and well being sectors within the post-COVID-19 context.

It mentioned Le Drian will maintain talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on bilateral, regional and worldwide problems with mutual curiosity, apart from assembly Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar at a panel dialogue on local weather change.

The French embassy, in a press release, mentioned the talks between Mr Jaishankar and Le Drian will cowl “all aspects of the bilateral strategic partnership, joint initiatives in the Indo-Pacific, regional and global issues of common interest and cooperation in the UN Security Council”.

It mentioned Le Drian is enterprise the go to from April 13-15 to strengthen the strategic ties between France and India, increase cooperation in a number of fields, notably within the Indo-Pacific.

The embassy mentioned the visiting minister can even name on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The French minister can also be scheduled to take part within the Raisina Dialogue.

At an occasion on Tuesday, Le Drian will appoint 15 alumni ambassadors chosen from the distinguished France Alumni Network, in line with France’s objective to spice up scholar mobility between the 2 nations, the embassy mentioned.

These alumni have pursued research within the fields of science, administration, artwork, culinary and social sciences and turn out to be leaders of their respective fields in India, it mentioned.

On Tuesday night, the minister will tackle a gathering on Indo-French cooperation in cinema and the promotion of gender equality within the trade.

“Gender equality is a top priority for France’s diplomacy and French cooperation with India,” the embassy mentioned.

On Wednesday, Le Drian, together with Mr Javadekar, will participate in a panel dialogue on the French embassy on boosting international motion in opposition to local weather change in view of COP26.

The panel will characteristic French Ambassador for Climate Stephane Crouzat and several other Indian civil society figures who’re lively in atmosphere safety, the embassy mentioned.

On Thursday, Le Drian will journey to Bengaluru, the place he’ll spotlight the Indo-French cooperation on well being and organic sciences on the Bangalore Life Sciences Cluster (BLiSc).

He can also be scheduled to go to the ISRO’s Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC).

The minister will conclude his go to to India by assembly the French tech group, Bangalore-India to advertise cooperation between the 2 nations within the area of technological improvements and the event of ties between Indian and French startups.

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