Macron And Modi Vow To 'Act Jointly' In Indo-Pacific As Submarine Row Intensifies

Macron And Modi Vow To 'Act Jointly' In Indo-Pacific As Submarine Row Intensifies

Andrew H. Sweet

Macron assured Modi of France's continued "commitment to the strengthening of India's strategic autonomy, including its industry and technology base, as part of a close relationship based on trust and mutual respect."

The commitment to stability in the Indo-Pacific region would be under "the framework of the Europe-India relationship and European initiatives in the Indo-Pacific," said a statement released by the French embassy in New Delhi.

Paris has in recent years sought to tighten ties with India. In 2016 the two sides signed a multi-billion-dollar deal for 36 French Rafale fighter jets for New Delhi.

While the agreement is under investigation in France over kickback allegations, it is viewed as a commercial and diplomatic success for Paris.

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