With the French defence minister, Rajnath Singh co-chairs the annual India-France defence dialogue.

The 4th India-France annual defence dialogue was co-chaired by French Minister of Defense Sebastien Lecornu and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh of India. Singh and Lecornu discussed a range of bilateral, regional, and defence industry cooperation issues during the yearly defence dialogue in New Delhi.

Referring to the conversations with the French minister of defence “”Had warm and fruitful discussions with the French Defense Minister, Mr. Sebastien Lecornu, during the fourth India-France Annual Defence Dialogue in New Delhi today,” Rajnath Singh wrote in a tweet. The conversation covered a wide variety of bilateral, regional, and defence industry cooperation problems.”

Notably, Sebastien Lecornu will be visiting India from November 26–28 for three days. The Indo-Pacific, Make In India initiatives, and joint drills were among the topics Rajnath Singh and Sebastien Lecornu discussed, according to Emmanuel Lenain, the French ambassador to India. Lenain emphasised that the two sides had decided to fortify their defence ties and address shared issues.

Tweeted Emmanuel Lenain: “The France-India Annual Defense Dialogue was held today and covered topics like the Indo-Pacific, #MakeInIndia projects, joint drills, and Ministers @SebLecornu & @RajnathSingh. They consented to increase our defence cooperation in all areas necessary for achieving strategic autonomy and meeting our shared challenges.”

Sebastien Lecornu, the French minister of the armed forces, was welcomed by his Indian counterpart in the national capital on Monday, and later that day he received the Guard of Honour in New Delhi. Lecornu began his tour to Delhi by placing a wreath at the National War Memorial. He also had a meeting with Ajit Doval, India’s national security adviser. Lecornu and Doval, according to the French envoy, agreed to increase counterterrorism cooperation and had detailed discussions about regional and global security issues.

In the news release, the Ministry of Defense stated that “India and France share close and friendly connections.” In addition to a close and developing bilateral relationship, it said, “In 1998, the two countries joined into a Strategic Partnership, recognising the convergence of their views on a number of international issues.” Notably, France and India collaborate industrially to support India’s policy of strategic autonomy in the defence sector. They are also partners in the fields of defence and armaments.

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