India, France hold two-day talks on defence cooperation

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New Delhi, Dec 18 (UNI) India and France have charted a plan for service-to-service Military cooperation in 2008 and discussed matters of transfer of tehcnology, joint development, production and research besides mutual strategic interests.

The matters came up at the two-day meeting of the 10th India-France High Committee on Defence Cooperation (HCC) which concluded here today.

Defence Secretary Vijay Singh and Mr. Thierry Borja de Mozota, Ministerial Representative of the French Defence Minister, headed their respective delegations at the talks which were held ''in an atmosphere of frankness and mutual understanding,'' an official spokesman said here.

Three sub-committees also met on the sidelines of the HCC.

The Sub-Committee on Military Cooperation charted a plan for service to service cooperation activities during the forthcoming year while the Sub-Committee on Strategic Issues discussed matters of mutual strategic interests.

The Sub- Committee on Defence Industry Procurement and Research and Technology discussed matters of Transfer of Technology, joint development, production and research.

The minutes of the three Sub-Committees were ratified in the HCC meeting, the spokesman added.


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