Prime Minister Narendra Modi today pitched for greater cooperation with France under the framework of 'Make-in-India' in defence manufacturing and research and development. He said this when French Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly called on him here.
Parly briefed the Prime Minister about developments in bilateral defence cooperation, a PMO statement said.
The Prime Minister said that defence cooperation is one of the key pillars of the Strategic Partnership between India and France, and called for greater cooperation in the 'Make in India' framework in defence manufacturing and joint research and development, the statement said.
The two leaders also discussed regional and global issues of mutual interest, it added.
The Prime Minister said that he looks forward to receiving President Macron in India at his earliest convenience, the statement said.
French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. pic.twitter.com/kSDjG1dOCK— ANI (@ANI) October 28, 2017
Yesterday, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her French counterpart Florence Parly deliberated on a host of key issues, including boosting defence and security ties, regional security situation, transfer of critical technology for various defence projects and ways to ramp up overall strategic ties.
Parly is here on a two-day visit.
The French Embassy had said in a statement that Parly's visit is aimed at strengthening all aspects of France's "fast developing" defence cooperation with India, its foremost Asian strategic partner.