Ahead of Macron-Modi's UP visit, CM checks preparations

  • Ahead of Macron-Modi's UP visit, CM checks preparations

Ahead of Macron-Modi's UP visit, CM checks preparations

French President Emmanuel Macron, who is in India on a four-day state visit, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and held delegation-level talks in the national capital on Saturday.

US President Donald Trump spoke to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and discussed his decision to impose import tariffs on foreign steel and aluminium.

In a major expansion of strategic ties, India and France today inked 14 pacts in key areas of defence, security, nuclear energy and protection of classified information besides resolving to deepen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and step up joint efforts to contain terrorism.

The Indian Prime Minister and the French President shall also co-chair the Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance, which will take place on Mar 11.

The last visit of Macron to India was in January 2016, when he was the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations.

Macron's office did not provide a breakdown of the value or details of the business contracts.

For perhaps the first time in India's rich space-faring history, human space flight finds mention in any bilateral joint statement. "In this context, the leaders welcomed various joint ventures between Indian and French companies and reaffirmed their commitment to facilitate the establishment of new ones", said the joint statement. The ISA was a flagship Indian initiative launched by Modi and former French President Francois Hollande on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Conference in 2015. Highlighting the need for a strategic partnership between the two countries, Macron said it was time for the two great democracies of the world to work even closer.

Modi broke protocol to receive Macron at the airport, exchanging warm hugs and robust handshakes. I want most of the researchers to come to France and I am happy to be here today.

India and France are working together to put into practice the Paris Agreement on Climate Change which Trump has not accepted.

Agreements in the fields of education, environment, urban development and railways were also signed in the presence of the two leaders.

Till Thursday, 60 countries had signed the framework agreement of the ISA and 30 submitted the instruments of ratification. During his visit to Varanasi on Monday, he will inaugurate a 75 MW solar plant built by French firm Engie Solar in Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh.

Macron also paid homage to the tens of thousands of Indians who died in World War I, and said India is being invited to a major ceremony being planned in Paris for November 11, the 100th anniversary of the war's end.