The foreign ministers of two countries agree to deepen the strategic partnership while discussing developments in the Indo-Pacific and Afghanistan.
The French foreign minister agreed with his Indian counterpart to work on a program to promote “a truly multilateral international order,” the French foreign ministry said.
Jean-Yves Le Drian and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar also agreed during a call to deepen their strategic partnership, “based on a relationship of political trust between two great sovereign nations of the Indo-Pacific,” the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
The two ministers agreed to meet in New York next week, following the guidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, to work “on a common program of concrete actions to defend together a truly multilateral international order,” he added.
For his part, Jaishankar said in a Twitter post that they discussed “developments in the Indo-Pacific and Afghanistan.”
I discussed the recent developments in the Indo-Pacific and Afghanistan with my friend FM. @JY_LeDrian We look forward to our meeting in New York.
– Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) September 18, 2021
France has for several years pursued a European strategy to boost economic, political and defense ties in the region that stretch from India and China to Japan and New Zealand. The European Union unveiled its plan for the Indo-Pacific this week.
The phone call came a day after the French government withdrew its ambassadors to the United States and Australia after Canberra abandoned a multi-million dollar order for French submarines in favor of a partnership with Washington and London in the Indo-Pacific region.
Calling the cancellation “unacceptable behavior”, Le Drian said in a statement on Friday that the decision to withdraw the envoys, at the request of President Emmanuel Macron, “is justified by the exceptional seriousness of the announcements” made by Australia and the United States. United.
A White House official said Friday that the United States regrets France’s decision and will remain committed in the coming days to resolving differences between the two countries.
Australia said on Saturday that it also regrets France’s decision, adding that it values its relationship with France and will continue to engage with Paris on many other issues.