External Affairs Minister Jaishankar to attend EU Ministerial today

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Jaishankar began his 3-day visit to France on Sunday

 External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar arrived in Paris to discuss key issues with his counterparts and also participate in the Ministerial Forum for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific which will take place on Tuesday.

Earlier, he had met with the French Foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. Both sides had discussed cooperation, the Ukrainian situation and Indo-pacific.

India and France have also agreed on a Roadmap on Blue Economy and Ocean Governance with the aim to contribute to scientific knowledge and ocean conservation and ensure that the ocean remains a global common, based on the rule of law.

The scope of the roadmap will encompass maritime trade, the naval industry, fisheries, marine technology and scientific research, integrated coastal management, marine eco-tourism, inland waterways, and cooperation between competent administrations on civil maritime issues.

“India and France intend to make blue economy a driver of progress of their respective societies while respecting the environment and coastal and marine biodiversity,” the MEA said in a joint document.

The MEA also said that both nations plan to organise an annual bilateral dialogue on the blue economy and ocean governance to exchange views on their priorities, share their best practices and support ongoing and future cooperation.

According to the statement, India and France will make the blue economy a priority in the development of their economic exchanges.

“They will facilitate contacts between economic actors, business heads organisations, technopoles and maritime clusters of the two countries, cross investments, as well as visa issuance to entrepreneurs active in the blue economy,” the MEA said.

Earlier, both sides had also discussed cooperation, the Ukraine situation and Indo-Pacific.

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