NEW DELHI: India and France will hold their annual Strategic Dialogue on January 7 here with Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor, leading the Indian delegation and Emmanuel Bonne, Diplomatic Advisor to the French President, leading the French delegation.
According to an official statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), “India and France will hold their annual Strategic Dialogue on January 7 in New Delhi. Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor will lead the Indian delegation while the French delegation will be led by Emmanuel Bonne, Diplomatic Advisor to the French President.”
The MEA further said the two sides will hold discussions on wide-ranging bilateral and global issues. During the meeting, Bonne will also call on other Indian dignitaries, the MEA added. The last edition of the strategic dialogue was held last year in February in Paris.
France–India relations have traditionally been close and friendly and both countries have a ‘special relationship‘ with each other, so much so that by August 2019, France has been called “India’s new best friend” by a researcher of the Hudson Institute. Both nations have a centuries-old history of trade relations India and France support a multi-polar world order. France has continued to support India’s claim for permanent membership of the Security Council and the reforms of the United Nations.