French Minister for armed forces visits Western Naval Command
ANI | Updated: Oct 28, 2017 19:20 IST
A thirteen-member French delegation also accompanied her.
Aspects related to maritime security cooperation, bilateral exercises, ship visits, training, equipment, technology and professional exchanges were discussed.
Relations between France and India are being accorded priority by both sides as seen by the recent high-level interaction between the two countries. Defence cooperation has also witnessed heightened emphasis by both sides.
Interaction between the Indian French navies has, over the years, nurtured into a strong partnership based on mutual interests. Naval cooperation had progressed most encouragingly in recent years and the increasing scale of operational interaction is indicative of a growing understanding between the two navies.
The joint-exercises are held either in the Indian Ocean or Mediterranean Sea with the aim of improving Indo-French coordination on capabilities like cross-deck operations, replenishment-at-sea, minesweeping, anti-submarine warfare and information sharing.
Sitharaman and Parly also discussed regional and international developments of mutual interest. The ministers reiterated their strong intention to further expand bilateral cooperation on counter- terrorism. (ANI)