France and U.S. have ‘very strong interests’ in strengthening relationships with India : U.S. Secretary of State

France and U.S. have 'very strong interests' in strengthening relationships with India : U.S. Secretary of State

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 region.

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 region, and the important role that the India-France partnership plays in promoting stability and security in the region, a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office in New Delhi said.

India is a member of the Quad along with the U.S., Australia, and Japan, which promotes security and development in the Indo-Pacific region 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 process in India and the U.S. and spoke about ensuring supply of critical 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 region in focus.