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India greets French President Macron for four-day trip

11 March 2018

Both the leaders also talked about cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Indian community, including NRIs in mainland France number around 1.1 lakh people; largely originating from French enclaves of Puducherry, Karaikal, Yanam, Mahe and Chandernagore. On Friday, Macron inspected a Guard of Honour, visited Raj Ghat and met Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj before holding a bilateral meeting with PM Modi.

"France and India have shared concerns with regard to the emerging challenges in the Indian Ocean Region that include: "maritime traffic security in the face of the threats of terrorism and piracy, especially in the Horn of Africa; respect of worldwide law by all States" - especially with regard freedom of navigation and overflight", the Joint Strategic Vision said.

A "Joint Strategic Vision of India-France Cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region" was also agreed upon by both countries in order to maintain the safety of global sea lanes for unimpeded commerce and communications in accordance with the worldwide law, for countering maritime terrorism and piracy, for building maritime domain awareness, for capacity building and for greater coordination in regional/international fora in the region.

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Macron will be a on a state visit from Mar 9 to 12.

"Another chapter in the glorious book of our friendship!"

France today pitched for starting negotiations over procurement of another batch of 36 Rafale jets by India with French President Emmanuel Macron describing the fighter jet programme as a key aspect of the bilateral defence cooperation.

Giving a boost to their strategic partnership, India and France on Saturday vowed to strengthen defence and energy ties with each other.

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In the morning, the visiting leader will be accorded Ceremonial Reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

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

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

The ISA is conceived as a coalition of solar resource-rich countries to address their special energy needs and provide a platform to collaborate on dealing with the identified gaps through a common, agreed approach. "These two agreements will prepare the framework of closest relations between our countrymen, our youth".

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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.

India greets French President Macron for four-day trip