Military Capabilities

India, France expand strategic ties

13 March 2018

New Delhi and Paris have signed a series of agreements during French President Emmanuel Macron’s 10-14 March visit to India designed to augment the strategic and defence ties between the two countries.

Signed on 10 March the deals include a logistics support agreement aimed at providing supplies and services to each other’s militaries during authorised port visits, joint exercises, and training manoeuvres.

Speaking alongside Macron during a joint press conference, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he considered the agreement on reciprocal logistics support “a golden step in the history of our close defence co-operation”.

The two countries also finalised a confidentiality agreement that succeeded the one signed in 2008, which restricts both sides from divulging details about military purchases.

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