France and India back 'multilateral order'

Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has agreed to deepen strategic ties with France.
Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has agreed to deepen strategic ties with France.

France's foreign affairs minister has agreed with his Indian counterpart to work on a program to promote "a truly multilateral international order," the French foreign ministry says.

Jean-Yves Le Drian and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar also agreed during a phone call to deepen their strategic partnership, "based on a relationship of political trust between two great sovereign nations of the Indo-Pacific," the ministry said in a statement.

France on Friday recalled its ambassadors from the United States and Australia after officials in Canberra ditched a multi-billion-dollar order for French submarines in favour of a partnership with the US and the UK in the region.

Australian Associated Press