NEW YORK/NEW DELHI: India, France
and the UAE
held their first trilateral ministerial meeting in the US on the sidelines of the ongoing UN General Assembly
session and discussed a new and more contemporary way of doing diplomacy with a focus on “active exchange” of ideas between strategic partners and UNSC members.
The three countries discussed cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, where India sees France as an indispensable partner, with focus on maritime security, regional connectivity, energy and food security and supply chain resilience.
Jaishankar arrived in New York on Sunday to participate in the high-level 77th session of the UN General Assembly.
“A productive first trilateral ministerial meeting of India-UAE-France. Active exchange of ideas between strategic partners and UNSC members,” Jaishankar tweeted after the meeting, hosted by the UAE on Monday, with foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and French minister for Europe and foreign affairs Catherine Colonna.
The three countries had in July held the inaugural meeting of the ‘focal points’ of the India-France-UAE Trilateral Framework and urged officials to prepare an agreed roadmap for cooperation. As part of their cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, India and France are working towards the establishment of an Indo-Pacific Trilateral Development Cooperation Fund to support India-based innovators and startups in taking their innovations to third countries.
The three countries, while different, are strategic partners to one another and discussions focussed on areas of commonalities and on working out how to specify and strengthen these commonalities going forward, official sources said.