India, France to enhance bilateral relations in defense and economic sectors
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and French Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly on Thursday stressed upon enhancing bilateral relations in the defense as well as economic sectors.
In a statement delivered after the induction of the Rafale fighter aircraft here, Rajnath said that he had briefed his French counterpart on the ‘Make in India’ initiative, in which the French have envisioned keen interest.
He said that while both the countries continue to strive for enhancing military to military cooperation, there are many other areas where joint collaboration can be undertaken.
Rajnath added that the French have also been invited to be a part of the defense corridors being set up in the country.
In her separate statement, Parly said that France fully supports the ‘Make in India’ initiative and is keen on undertaking joint development projects and technology transfers that would strengthen the Indian industry.
Stating that India and France have supported each other in good as well as bad times, she said that the time tested and rock-solid strategic partnership between the two countries also has prospects in the field of maritime security and freedom of navigation.