Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

French President Emmanuel Macron calls on President Kovind

French President Emmanuel Macron calls on President Kovind

French and Indian companies signed contracts worth 13 billion euros ($16 billion) on the first day of President Emmanuel Macron's visit to India, the French presidency said in a statement.

India and France tightened their embrace on Saturday, agreeing to ramp up the two-decade-old strategic partnership and signing 14 agreements in areas as diverse as defence, space, narcotics, education, urban development, maritime and nuclear cooperation and railways.

"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 document said.

French President Macron on Saturday said defence ties with India had reached a new high after the two nations signed a key security accord for the Indian Ocean to counter China's growing influence in the region.

"Although our strategic partnership is 20 years old, the spiritual partnership of our countries and our civilizations is centuries long", Prime Minister Modi said.

Macron said the countries had chose to do more together to fight terrorism and put together a strategy to share intelligence.

The United States considers India a critical anchor in a regional strategy for the Indian and Pacific Oceans to blunt an increasingly assertive China. Referring to maritime security cooperation, Modi and Macron reiterated that it will be crucial in order to maintain the safety of global sea lanes for unimpeded commerce and communications.

India had signed a government-to-government deal with France in 2016 to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of about the Rs 58,000-crore.

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PM Narendra Modi welcomes France President Emmanuel Macron at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi ahead of the bilateral talks.

Earlier in the day, Macron was given a ceremonial welcome this morning. I think we need more exchange between our people, our students.

On Sunday, India and France will co-host the first meeting of the International Solar Alliance, an initiative launched by the two countries on the sidelines of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.

Sharing his thoughts on digital world and technology, the French President Macron said, "We're in the middle of revolution on digital era and climate change". I want most of the researchers to come to France and I am happy to be here today.

Travelling with his wife Brigitte, the French president will also visit the monument to love, the Taj Mahal, a few hours drive from the Indian capital on Sunday. "Your visit will add great strength to the strategic partnership between India and France", tweeted Modi.

The Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) was also revealed to be co-chaired by President Macron along with Prime Minister Modi.

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