French Defense Minister Florence Parly inspected the guard of honor on Friday and also paid tribute at the War Memorial in New Delhi. She is on an official visit to India to strengthen strategic Indo-French ties, reported ANI. Parly also held a meeting with his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh for the third annual defense dialogue between two countries. The French Defense Minister also met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address global issues and urge India to cooperate to establish a multipolar order and uphold the rule of law in the international system.
“The French Minister of the Armed Forces @florence_parly called on the Honorable Indian Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi. In a world of growing instability, France considers India a major power and a partner to build a multipolar order, to defend the rule of law and tackling world challenges, “tweeted Emmanuel Lenain, French Ambassador to India. The visit, according to the French Embassy, ââunderlines France’s involvement in the Indo-Pacific and the importance of India in French strategy. The embassy said the visit followed a series of major bilateral air, naval and military exercises earlier this year.
Terrorism is a big challenge facing the world today: Parly
Minister Parly will underline the joint commitment of France and India to meet the challenges of the Indo-Pacific by bringing together friendly states to defend the rule of law. It will also present a positive agenda to countries in the region and reject any form of hegemony, according to the embassy. Earlier today, Parly also expressed concern over the situation in Afghanistan, saying terrorism is a great challenge for all who have troubled France and Europe in recent years. She added that he did not spare even the Indo-Pacific, including India.
(With entries from ANI)