French President Emmanuel Macron interacts with students at Bikaner House

11 March, 2018, 01:50 | Author: Diane Mills
  • PM Modi, Macron sign 14 pacts: Full text of India-France joint statement

The agreement "seeks to extend logistical support on reciprocal access to respective facilities for Indian and French armed forces", said the statement.

"To harness the opportunities and to meet the challenges together, the two leaders have agreed on an action oriented Joint Strategic Vision for Cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region", the statement said. The French President's visit is aimed at strengthening ties between India and France in the areas of maritime security and counter-terrorism.

Mr Macron, who is in India for a four-day visit, said: "A strong part of our security and the world's stability is at stake in the Indian Ocean".

"Another chapter in the glorious book of our friendship!" After receiving a ceremonial welcome in Rashtrapati Bhawan, he had bilateral talks with PM Narendra Modi.

US President Donald Trump spoke to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and discussed his decision to impose import tariffs on foreign steel and aluminium. The visiting leader will also meet President Ram Nath Kovind and Minister of External Affairs (MEA) Sushma Swaraj will call on him. Macron will be in India from March 9 to 12 to strengthen the strategic partnership between India and France.

On his part, Macron said India and France have made a decision to work together to deal with threats of terrorism and radicalisation.

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The French leader expressed his desire to make his country "India's best partner in Europe", replacing Britain as India's "gateway to Europe".

Modi and President Macron will Sunday co-chair the Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA), a flagship Indian initiative launched by the two countries on sidelines of Paris Climate Conference in 2015.

It is open to all 121 prospective member countries falling between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

Till Thursday, 60 countries had signed the framework agreement of the ISA and another 30 submitted the instruments of ratification.

During the course of his stay in India, Macron will also visit Agra and Varanasi and have a town hall interaction with students in New Delhi.

The 40-year-old president, who is travelling with a delegation of French companies that includes EDF (EDF.PA), Dassault Aviation (AVMD.PA), Schneider Electric (SCHN.PA) and Suez (SEVI.PA), will also inaugurate a solar plant built by Engie (ENGIE.PA) in Uttar Pradesh.

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