India and France held Foreign Office Consultations today. Both nations took stock of the wide-ranging India-France Strategic Partnership. In his opening remarks, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said the Foreign Office Consultations come close at the heels of a fruitful visit by Florence Parly, Minister for Armed Forces of France on 17th December to hold the third Annual Defence Dialogue with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
Before this, consultations were held in Paris on 30th October last year where both countries exchanged perspectives on the Covid-19 pandemic and geo-political changes at a global and regional level. Various facets of bilateral cooperation including in the areas of space and energy were also discussed.
Following the discussions last year, several high-level interactions took place this year that included three ministerial visits from France to India. Besides these, several dialogues at the working level have also been held over the year.