India and France are scheduled to hold their annual Strategic Dialogue tomorrow in New Delhi. At the dialogue, the Indian side will be led by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. The French side will be represented by Emmanuel Bonne, diplomatic advisor to French President Emmanuel Macron.
“The two sides will hold discussions on wide-ranging bilateral and global issues. Emmanuel Bonne will also call on other Indian dignitaries,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a release.
The Indo-French Strategic Dialogue was last held in February last year in Paris. Bonne is arriving in India on a two-day visit – the first by a foreign dignitary in 2021.
The visit comes on the back of an uptick in bilateral relations between India and France. French Defence Minister Florence Parly was in India in September last year for the induction ceremony of first of Rafale fighter jets, which India has acquired from France’s Dassault Aviation.
Last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Macron had spoken over phone and discussed a number of issues, including COVID-19 vaccines, Indo-Pacific cooperation, maritime security, defence cooperation etc.
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