India and France is putting in place a partnership for security and sovereignty which has a particular meaning, France and India being two major stakeholders in the Indo-Pacific region, noted Thierry Mathou, French Ambassador designate to India.
The two countries would also work for a partnership for the planet and global issues which is essential to meet the challenges of climate change, according to Mathou who till recently was French envoy to Thailand.
He further noted that France is embracing the concept of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” — One Earth, One Family, One Future- proposed by India as the outlook of the recent G20 Summit.
“This Summit gave an opportunity to our leaders to assess and review the progress in our bilateral relations since the historic visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Paris last July as the Guest of Honor of the French National Day on the occasion of 25th anniversary of the France-India Strategic Partnership, at the initiative of President Emmanuel Macron.”
“My role is now to implement with determination and ambition for our partnership the roadmap adopted by our leaders…Let me tell you that this is very concrete and is intended to translate into numerous programs and projects that will have an impact on daily life, such as training new generations of Indian students in France where they are welcomed with open arms; create tens of thousands of new jobs in India where French companies are already very active and fully committed to the Make in India motto; bring together our scientists and engineers to advance research and technology in all fields; improve the lives of Indians, whether through water treatment, access to new sources of clean and affordable energy, or the development of transport;