‘France supports India, has not allowed China to play procedural games at UNSC’

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    ‘France supports India, has actually not allowed China to play procedural games at UNSC’

    By: Express News Service|New Delhi |

    Updated: January 8, 2021 10: 16: 24 am





    Emmanuel Bonne, Emmanuel Bonne in India, France on Kashmir, France at UNSC, Indian Express Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Emmanuel Bonne, the diplomatic advisor to French President Emmanuel Macron. (Source: narendramodi.in, File)

    France has been helpful of India on Kashmir and has actually not allowed China to play any “procedural video games” at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), diplomatic advisor to the French president said on Thursday.

    On a see to India for the annual tactical dialogue between France and India, Emmanuel Bonne, the diplomatic consultant to French President Emmanuel Macron, stated, “When China breaks the guidelines, we need to be extremely robust and extremely clear and this is the sense of our naval presence in the Indian Ocean.”

    Delivering a talk on “France and India: Partners for a Stable and Flourishing Indo-Pacific”, organised by the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), Bonne likewise stated France is close to the QUAD– the grouping of United States, Japan, Australia and India– and might hold some marine workouts with them in future.

    Keeping In Mind that the French Navy is the only European Navy which patrols the Taiwan strait, he said it was not as a provocation but a method to assert the requirement to abide by worldwide law.

    ” Let us not go for confrontation and I comprehend that it’s a lot easier to state this from Paris than from Delhi when you almost have a problem in the Mountain ranges and when you have Pakistan at your border,” Bonne said.

    ” On direct threats to India, we have actually always been really clear. Whether it be on Kashmir, we have been very encouraging of India in the Security Council, we have not let the Chinese play any sort of procedural games. When it concerns the Mountain ranges, just inspect our statements, we are completely clear. What we say openly, we say to the Chinese also privately, there is no uncertainty,” he said.

    Speaking about his discussion with National Security Consultant Ajit Doval at the Strategic Dialogue earlier in the day, he said the discussion was about tactical opportunities along with the bilateral defence and security relationship. He stated military cooperation and the Indian Ocean were also part of the discussion.

    ” In specific we are sharing information, we are navigating together our navies, our air and space rules are collaborating. We are constructing capabilities and cooperating. When it concerns the Indian Ocean, we are dealing with maritime monitoring,” he said.

    Bonne will likewise get in touch with other Indian dignitaries throughout his visit. The last edition of the strategic discussion was held in February 2020 in Paris.

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