IN a pivotal development, India and France have agreed to strengthen their maritime cooperation in the Southwest Indian Ocean, an announcement made during French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent visit to India.
This strategic decision builds on a series of joint surveillance missions from the French island of La Reunion in 2020 and 2022, laying the groundwork for enhanced maritime collaboration.
The agreement, a result of highlevel talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Macron, focuses on ensuring the stability and security of the Indo-Pacific region.
It signifies a joint vision for a region that remains free, open, inclusive, secure, and peaceful, acknowledging the evolving global security challenges.
At the core of this alliance is a comprehensive defence and security collaboration, pivotal to IndiaFrance partnership in the Indo-Pacific. This includes a wide spectrum of bilateral, regional, and institutional initiatives, particularly in the Indian Ocean Region.
In the face of global economic uncertainties, this partnership underscores a strong commitment to multilateralism and sustainable development. It also extends to complex issues like sovereign debt restructuring, highlighting the role of multilateral approaches in managing financial complexities and promoting economic resilience.
President Macron’s visit marks a significant step in deepening the strategic partnership between India and France, reinforcing their unity and shared commitment to stability, security, and development in the Indo-Pacific region. This collaboration sets a new precedent in international maritime security and economic cooperation.