11 Mar '18, 3am
India gets access to French bases in Indian and southern Pacific oceans
While France is the biggest maritime power in the Indian Ocean, with bases in Reunion and Mayotte, it also has a presence in southern Pacific, with bases in French Polynesia and New Caledonia. France and India on Saturday sealed a maritime cooperation agreement which would allow the Indian Navy ships to use France’s naval facilities in the Indian Ocean and the southern Pacific Ocean. The provision of reciprocal logistics support between their Armed Forces was among 14 agreements signed between France and India during the three-day state visit of French President Emmanuel Macron in New Delhi. A former commander with the Indian Navy, Abhijit Singh, hailed the agreement as a “great move forward that would allow India to expand its footprint not just in the Indian Ocean region, but also across the entire Indo-Pacific. “This agreement with France will send a message to China th...