External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar engaged in discussions with his colleagues during a trilateral ministerial conference of France, the United Arab Emirates, and India as part of his diplomatic visits to the US.
India and France are maritime nations with thriving maritime economies that include, to mention a few, fisheries, ports, shipping, and marine technology and scientific research. Their fate is tightly entwined with the sea and the ocean since they own enormous exclusive economic zones.
Jaishankar stated in a tweet, “A successful first trilateral ministerial meeting between France, the UAE, and India. Active idea-sharing between UNSC members and important allies. I’d want to thank the foreign minister of the UAE, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for having Catherine Colonna and I stay with you.”
Both countries want to advance their own communities through the blue economy while protecting the environment and coastal and marine biodiversity. Both nations seek to advance scientific understanding, promote ocean conservation, and maintain the ocean as a global common, an area conducive to free trade and the application of the law.
France and India have long-standing ties of friendship and closeness. The two countries created a Strategic Partnership in 1998, which is emblematic of their agreement on a range of international issues in addition to their close and growing bilateral relationship.
India and the UAE enjoy deep partnerships based on long-standing cultural, religious, and economic ties between the two nations. In 1972, they established diplomatic ties. The Indian Embassy in the UAE was established in 1973, whereas the UAE opened their embassy in India in 1972.
The regular exchange of high-level bilateral visits has given a boost to the historically strong bilateral ties between India and the UAE. Back-to-back reciprocal visits at the level of foreign ministers helped to maintain the momentum started by the high-level visits.
Jaishankar met with his colleagues in the Balkans, Europe, and the Caribbean for a series of bilateral discussions. S. Jaishankar has more than 50 formal engagements planned for this week, including bilateral, multilateral, and plurilateral encounters.