India, UAE and France Hold 1st Ever Trilateral Cooperation Meet

In their efforts to enhance collaboration in areas of mutual collaboration, India, the UAE and France held their first trilateral meet to explore potential cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. Potential points of cooperation that were discussed include maritime security, disaster relief, blue economy and regional connectivity, food and energy security and more. 

The Indian side of the talk was led by Sandeep Chakravorty, Joint Secretary (Europe West) and Shri Vipul, Joint Secretary (Gulf), MEA. This was the second meeting of its kind involving both India and the UAE, who are also part of I2 U2 (India-Israel-United States of America-UAE).

“A trilateral meeting of the ‘Focal Points’ of India, France and the United Arab Emirates was held today,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.

The resolve of the three countries to boost cooperation in the Indo-Pacific under the trilateral framework comes amid increasing global concern over China’s growing military muscle-flexing in the region.

“The three sides exchanged perspectives on the Indo-Pacific region and explored the potential areas of trilateral cooperation, including maritime security, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, blue economy, regional connectivity, cooperation in multilateral fora, energy and food security, innovation and startups, supply chain resilience and cultural and people-to-people cooperation,” the MEA said.

“They also discussed the next steps to be taken for furthering trilateral cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region,” it said in a statement.

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