Foreign Secretary Mr. Vinay Kwatra said that India and France have a strong strategic and defence alliance that is in accordance with "our own domestic policy of Atmanirbharta (self-reliance)." The remarks were made by the him during a press conference following the conclusion of bilateral and delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and French President Mr. Emmanuel Macron.
Speaking further about India-France defence cooperation, the Foreign Secretary emphasised that the two countries are extremely strong strategic allies, as well as having a very strong defence partnership. He stated that the framework of defence relationship is defined not only by trade in diverse platforms, but also by co-development, co-designing, and co-manufacturing.
He said that, As demonstrated by the timely delivery of the Rafale despite the pandemic, the two sides enjoy defence cohesion. Continuing this momentum, and based on mutual trust, both sides agreed to find innovative ways for France to become more involved in the 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' (Self-reliant India) efforts in advanced defence technology, manufacturing, and exports, including by encouraging increased industry-to-industry partnerships.
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