India and France has signed White Shipping agreement to enable information sharing on maritime traffic and maritime domain awareness in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) amid China’s expanding naval forays in the area where India wants to establish itself as the net security provider.
The agreement was signed when the two sides held their second dialogue on maritime cooperation for the Indian Ocean Region. The White Shipping Agreement will be implemented over the next few months enabling Navies of India and France to coordinate their roles in stabilising Indo-Pacific region, persons familiar with the developments indicated.
It will enhance Indo-French maritime security cooperation in the region. Delhi and Paris have been coordinating their naval movements and surveillance in the Indian Ocean Region over the last couple of years. France retains interests and assets with territories like Reunion Islands in the IOR.