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France to join India for Indo-Pacific security architecture

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After officials of India, the US, Japan and Australia held first-ever quadrilateral meeting in Manila on the security architecture and development of the Indo-Pacific region, French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler said on Wednesday that his country is forging a security partnership with India over this region.
“We have got key cooperation with India on things such as counter-terrorism, defence industry, nuclear energy,” Ziegler said while briefing the media ahead of the visit of French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian starting on Thursday.
“We have a growing cooperation on the Indian Ocean where India occupies a very central position and France as well, and we are in the process of forging a strong defence and security partnership on the Indo-Pacific and Indian Ocean,” he said.
Ziegler’s comments come after Sunday’e India-US-Japan-Australia meeting in the Philippines capital where the officials agreed that “a free, open, prosperous and inclusive” Indo-Pacific served long-term global interests, giving impetus to an emerging quad of democracies amid China’s rising military and economic power.

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