New Delhi: Emmanuel Bonne, who is the diplomatic advisor to the French President Emmanuel Macron, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.
Prime Minister highlighted the close cooperation between India and France in various domains of their Strategic Partnership including defence, security, and the Indo-Pacific. Prime Minister welcomed France’s support to India’s G20 Presidency, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.
Bonne conveyed President Emmanuel Macron’s message of friendship to Prime Minister and briefed him on the Strategic Dialogue with National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval, held earlier during the day.
Discussions were also held on other areas of mutual interest and cooperation including energy, and culture.
The Prime Minister fondly recalled his recent meeting with President Macron in Bali and conveyed his invitation to President Macron to visit India. Bonne said President Macron looks forward to his early visit to India.
Doval meets Bonne
During the day, NSA Doval met his counterpart, the visiting Diplomatic Advisor to French President Emmanuel Bonne, and discussed aspects of the Indo-French strategic partnership which includes defence and security cooperation, major international and regional issues, including the war in Ukraine, and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, counter-terrorism cooperation, cyber-security, space and civil nuclear energy.
Doval and Bonne, who is also the G7 and G20 Sherpa from the French government, agreed to raise the level of ambition of bilateral cooperation with the goal of accelerating efforts towards strategic autonomy.
An official statement by the French embassy said, “Emmanuel Bonne, Diplomatic Advisor and G7/G20 Sherpa to the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, paid a visit to India on 5 January for the 36th session of the Indo-French Strategic Dialogue,” as reported by Indian Express.
It said that the first bilateral visit of the year aimed to pave the way for an ambitious expansion of the Indo-French strategic partnership as it marks its 25th anniversary this year.