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India, France to advance their shared post-COVID agenda through close collaboration

New Delhi:13/4/21: India and France have recognised the immense opportunities for greater collaboration in diverse sectors including trade and investments, defence, health, education, energy and climate change amid changes in a Covid-impacted world. External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar and visiting Foreign Minister of France Jean-Yves Le Drian today held bilateral talks in New Delhi.

The two leaders held discussions on a number of regional and global issues of mutual interest reiterating their shared commitment to a multipolar world and faith in multilateralism. They explored ways to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, including the India-France-Australia Trilateral mechanism, addressing emerging challenges in the maritime and space domains and working together in the area of climate action and biodiversity protection.

In this regard, India has welcomed France’s decision to take up the Maritime Resources pillar of India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative. Bilateral trade with France has witnessed a steady rise in the last decade reaching 10.75 billion dollars in 2020. Both sides also  recognised the importance of fast tracking the discussions on an India-EU trade and investment agreement to tap the full potential of bilateral trade and economic relations.
The visiting dignitary will call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi . Mr Le Drian will also participate in the Raisina Dialogue. He is scheduled to visit Bengaluru also.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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