New Delhi: French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi.
On Friday, Parly held wide-ranging talks aimed at further boosting defence and security ties, with a focus on co-development of military platforms, and enhancing cooperation in the maritime sphere, with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
The two defence ministers also decided that India and France will jointly conduct naval exercise ‘Varuna’ from next year.
Parly, who is in India on a two-day visit, is expected to lay the ground for French President Emmanuel Macron’s upcoming trip to India.
Parly is also likely to push for a follow on order of additional Rafale fighter jets, after the delivery of 36 jets under a Rs 58,000 crore deal finalised last year.
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.