India and France have agreed to set up a strategic dialogue to address challenges related to space issues, particularly in maintaining secure access to outer space. The development is significant amid China's efforts to weaponise space, Trend reports citing The Economic Times.
The decision to create the dialogue was announced during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Paris visit on Wednesday. The dialogue will bring together experts from space and defence agencies, administration and specialised ecosystems to discuss security and economic challenges in outer space, the norms and principles applicable to space as well as unveil new areas of cooperation, officials said.
The two sides agreed to hold the first dialogue at the earliest this year. Besides boosting space related cooperation, the two sides decided to connect their start-up ecosystems, according to officials. India will be the first Country of the Year at Vivatech, Europe's largest digital fair, in Paris.