New Delhi, Mar 10: French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in India on Friday on a four-day visit to India. He was received at the airport by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a hug. Macron is accompanied by wife Brigitte Marie-Claude Macron and several other ministers from his cabinet. Also Read - Will Actor Mithun Chakraborty Join BJP? His Plan to Share Stage With PM Modi at Bengal Rally Creates Speculation
After receiving Macron, PM Modi tweeted: “Welcome to India, President @EmmanuelMacron! Your visit will add great strength to the strategic partnership between India and France. I look forward to our talks tomorrow.” Also Read - PM Modi Discusses Production Linked Incentive Scheme With India Inc | Key Points
“Looking forward to co-chairing the Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance with President
@EmmanuelMacron on 11th March. The ISA is a unique effort that brings the world together to harness solar energy and create a cleaner as well as greener future,” he further added.
With the French President’s arrival in India, the two countries look forward to strengthening the “bilateral economic, political and strategic dimension”.
1. Sources have revealed that Jaitapur nuclear power plant, which has been built with French assistance, will be signed. Cooperation in the Indian Ocean region is also likely to be taken up.
2. France has particularly supported India’s perspective on terror in South Asia. We are seeing convergence in new areas, particularly maritime security, counter-terrorism and renewable energy,” K. Nagraj Naidu, joint secretary (Europe-west), told reporters.
3. The two countries will also sign co-operation on satellite constellation in the maritime domain. Along with it, cooperation in the areas of nuclear energy is also likely to be discussed.
4. “In the area of space, India and France have a matured engagement and we would like to take it to a new level,” Naidu said.
5. PM Modi and French President Macron will co-chair the conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA), which is a flagship Indian initiative launched by the two countries on the sidelines of the Paris climate conference in 2015.
6. President Ram Nath Kovind will host a dinner on Saturday evening for the leaders of 24 nations who will attend the conference.
7. Macron is expected to meet and interact with students from across the country in a town hall meeting in Delhi.