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Delegations from UK, France take part in Raisina Dialogue

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Delegations from the and France, amongst other nations, participated in the fourth edition of the Raisina Dialogue, which was inaugurated by Norwegian on Tuesday.

Sir Mark Sedwill, UK's National Security is leading his country's delegation at the event which will see 600 delegates from over 90 countries participating in discussions regarding geopolitics and geo-economics.

Meanwhile, French Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, the current (Foreign Secretary) of the Ministry of and Foreign Affairs and Christophe Prazuck, the of the Naval Staff of is leading the French delegation at

Both Gourdault-Montagne and Sedwill are slated to participate in the "The Road to 2030: Challenges, Partnerships and Predictions" session on January 10 here, along with

The UK delegation includes British experts from the Ministry of Defence, Department for International Development, International Counter-Terrorism Unit, and

Other senior British attendees at the conference are former Tony Blair, amongst other dignitaries.

Along with participating in the conference, Gourdault-Montagne will also be holding bilateral meetings with Indian officials on the sidelines of the on January 10 and January 11.

"and share a commonality of views and aligned interests on a wide range of issues. Our strategic partnership of 20 years covers defence cooperation, ambitious space programmes, civil nuclear energy initiatives, and established counter-terrorism cooperation. Our two countries also share the same views for a multilateral world, fighting climate change and bringing our people closer together," an official statement quoted the as saying.

"For the second year in a row, I will attend the as I wish to further strengthen the special bond between our two countries, and assert France's strong commitment to being India's all-weather partner," he further said.

Prazuck, on the other hand, has been holding continuous engagements since January 7. He held extensive talks with Sunil Lanba, of the Naval Staff of Both sides explored ways to further deepen operational cooperation between the two navies.

He will now participate in a panel titled "Indo-Pacific: Ancient Waters and Emerging Geometries" on January 9 at the Raisina Dialogue, along with his Indian, Australian, Japanese and American counterparts. He will share his thoughts on the special strategic partnership between and France, especially in the Region (IOR) during the event.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 23:45 IST