NEW DELHI: France on Saturday mentioned French overseas minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar agreed to work on a standard programme of “concrete actions” to collectively defend a really multilateral worldwide order.
After a cellphone dialog between Le Drian and Jaishankar, the French overseas ministry mentioned the 2 ministers additionally determined to deepen their strategic partnership based mostly on a relationship of “political belief” between the 2 “nice sovereign nations” of the Indo-Pacific.
“Mentioned latest developments within the Indo-Pacific and Afghanistan with my buddy FM @JY_LeDria. Wanting ahead to our New York assembly,” Jaishankar tweeted.
The dialog between the 2 overseas ministers got here a day after France recalled its ambassadors to the USA and Australia in protest in opposition to a trilateral safety alliance among the many US and the UK and Australia.
The alliance resulted in France successfully shedding a multi-billion greenback deal to construct 12 typical submarines for Australia.
France can also be upset over its exclusion from the alliance.
India is but to react to the formation of the trilateral safety partnership.
“The 2 ministers determined to deepen their strategic partnership, based mostly on a relationship of political belief between two nice sovereign nations of the Indo-Pacific,” the French overseas ministry mentioned in a press release.
It mentioned in addition they mentioned the state of affairs in Afghanistan, which is “deteriorating”.
“The 2 ministers agreed to fulfill once more in New York subsequent week, on the sidelines of the United Nations Common Meeting, to work on a standard program of concrete actions to collectively defend a really multilateral worldwide order,” the ministry mentioned.
The AUKUS (Australia, the UK and the US) partnership was unveiled by US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British PM Boris Johnson on Thursday.
Australia’s Excessive Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell on Friday mentioned China’s huge navy modernisation programme, difficult strategic setting within the Indo-Pacific and intensification of nice energy competitors within the area prompted Canberra to grow to be a part of the bold AUKUS partnership.
In a press release, Le Drian on Fridays mentioned he was recalling French ambassadors to the US and Australia for consultations following a request by President Emmanuel Macron.
“This distinctive choice is justified by the distinctive gravity of the bulletins made on fifteenth September by Australia and the USA,” the French overseas ministers mentioned.
“The cancellation of the assault class submarine program binding Australia and France since 2016, and the announcement of a brand new partnership with the USA meant to launch research on a attainable future cooperation on nuclear-powered submarines, represent unacceptable behaviour between allies and companions,” he mentioned.