France and U.S. have ‘very strong interests’ in strengthening relationships with India : U.S. Secretary of State
The U.S. strongly supports France strengthening ties with India, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said amid a diplomatic row between Washington and Paris over their roles in the Indo-Pacific vicinity.
Modi and Macron discussed the recent developments in Afghanistan and shared their concerns about the possible spread of terrorism, narcotics, illicit weapons and human trafficking.
During their telephonic conversation, the two leaders reviewed the increasing bilateral collaboration in the Indo-Pacific vicinity, and the important role that the India-France partnership plays in promoting stability and security in the vicinity, a statement released by the chief Minister’s Office in New Delhi said.
India is a member of the Quad along with the U.S., Australia, and Japan, which contributes security and development in the Indo-Pacific vicinity and aims to stand up to Chinese aggressiveness, but it also has strong ties with France.
Deliberating upon the pandemic situation, Modi and Harris discussed the vaccination course of action in India and the U.S. and spoke about ensuring supply of basic medicines, therapeutics and healthcare equipment to fight the disease, an official release said.
Harris and Modi also held talks on cooperation in the Indo-Pacific amid a multinational diplomatic crisis that emerged recently with the vicinity in focus.
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