Today, PM Narendra Modi spoke to Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic of France, and discussed regional issues along with the recent developments in Afghanistan, and decided to act jointly with Europe in the Indo-Pacific region.

During the telephonic conversation, the two leaders also talked about their worries related to the possible spread of terrorism, narcotics, illicit weapons and human trafficking, along with the need to ensure human rights, and protecting the rights of women and minorities.

PM Modi and President Macron reviewed the increasing bilateral association between India and France and decided to act jointly with Europe in the Indo-Pacific region to promote regional stability, rule of law, and keep the region free from any form of hegemony. They also discussed the crucial role played by the India-France partnership in promoting stability and security in the region.

Furthermore, both the leaders decided to maintain close and regular consultations, in accordance with the deeply cherished India-France Strategic Partnership. France also backed India’s decision to resume deliveries of its vaccines to COVAX from October.

The telephone conversation between both the leaders was held days after the Australian cancellation of a $40 billion French submarines order along with the announcement of a defense deal between the US, the UK, and Australia under which the countries will provide Australia with the technology to build nuclear-powered submarines.

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