French President’s foreign policy advisor Emmanuel Bonne to visit India on January 7

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Within the first in-coming go to by any international dignitary to India in 2021, Diplomatic Advisor to French President Macron, Emmanuel Bonne will go to Delhi on January 7 and eight. Bonne, who’s Nationwide Safety Advisor Ajit Doval’s counterpart, might be in Delhi for a bilateral strategic dialogue on a two-day go to. Strategic dialogues between the 2 nations often happen twice a yr since 1998.

The go to, which is able to happen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, comes at the same time as India and France have elevated bilateral engagement. In September 2020, France’s Defence Minister Florence Parly visited India for the Rafale induction ceremony.

Bonne had final visited India in 2019, throughout which he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. That yr, France had invited India for the G7 summit at Biarritz.

PM Modi and French President Macron had spoken to one another final month. Key focus areas have been COVID vaccines, cooperation within the Indo-Pacific area, maritime safety, protection cooperation, amongst different points.

In October 2020, India known as for a “coordinated” response on state supporting terror and radicalism amid French action within the aftermath of terror assaults in type of knife assaults within the nation up to now few weeks.

High sources stated, “Terrorism and the radicalism that offers rise to it are essentially the most chilling type of censorship…they threaten our cherished democratic freedoms and our shared republican beliefs.”

Including, “Occasions of the previous week in Paris and Good have been horrific. India stands by France…”

Paris knife assault noticed the beheading of a 47-year-old college instructor Samuel Paty by a Chechen Teenager who was miffed with him over drawing a caricature of Prophet Muhammad throughout a lecture on freedom of expression. Earlier this week, in an identical terror assault within the metropolis of Good, three folks have been killed.

Sources defined, “We can not faux such actions come from merely lone-wolf initiatives and misguided people. There’s an infrastructure of radicalism, together with its on-line manifestations, that comes into play.”

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