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India and France hold talks on deepening bilateral military ties

According to officials with knowledge of the matter, India and France held a discussion on Monday about ways to strengthen their bilateral military ties with a focus on defence industrial cooperation centered on the Make in India initiative, expanding the scope and complexity of joint exercises, and fostering maritime cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

On Monday, Rajnath Singh, India's defence minister, and Sebastien Lecornu, his French counterpart, held the fourth annual India-France defence dialogue.

The ministers reviewed the ongoing military-to-military cooperation, which has significantly increased over the past few years, and discussed a wide range of bilateral, regional, and defence and defense-industrial cooperation issues, according to a statement from the defence ministry.