Want our youth to recognise Indo-French ties: PM Modi

Tricia Pearson
March 11, 2018

An agreement on the Jaitapur nuclear power plant, which is being built with French assistance, is expected to be signed during the visit, sources here said. He will visit the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Modi Varanasi on March 12. President Macron and his wife will also visit the Taj Mahal.

"Defence cooperation between the two countries now has a new significance", Macron said as a gushing Prime Minister Narendra Modi stood by his side.

"In order to widen and deepen strategic naval cooperation, India and France will be open to inviting strategic partner countries in the region to participate in Indo-French exercises", the vision document said. During the delegation-level talks, both leaders were expected to review the progress so far in India-France bilateral relations and exchange their views on regional and global issues of mutual interest for both nations. "I am happy that I have got an opportunity to welcome you in India", Mr Modi said at the start of his speech on Saturday.

In the morning, the France President has accorded Ceremonial Reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

India and France today made a decision to step up cooperation in the space sector by exploring ways to use satellites for maritime surveillance and collaborating on inter-planetary missions.

Prime Minister Modi emphasised that India and France were not the only leaders of two strong independent countries and two diverse democracies, but the successors of rich and capable heritage.

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Mr Modi and Mr Macron are particularly anxious as China extended its military presence by opening a naval base in the eastern African nation of Djibouti past year.

"Issues of maritime security and terrorism will be discussed during the visit of French President", Naidu added.

Modi and President Macron will co-chair the founding conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA), on Sunday.

In his statement, Modi said that the strategic partnership between the two countries may be just 20-years-old, but the cultural and spiritual partnership was even older.

India already has a rocket capable of putting a four-ton class crew module in space using the Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle MK III and a rudimentary crew module has already been tested in 2014.

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