Emmanuel Macron to arrive tonight on 4-day India visit

RSTV Bureau
File photo of French president Emmanuel Macron Photo – Wiki/ CC BY-SA 3.0 fr

File photo of French president Emmanuel Macron
Photo – Wiki/ CC BY-SA 3.0 fr

French president Emmanuel Macron will arrive in Delhi tonight to deepen strategic and trade ties with india. During his three days visit he will also visit Agra and Varanasi. India and France will work together for peace and security in Indo-pacific region. Both countries may announce their intent in this regards on Saturday. This will pave way of use of French naval bases in Ind0-Pacific for India’s use.

On his first ever visit to India, French President Emmanuel Macron will hold a summit meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. Evolving a common strategy for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region will be a key agenda of the meeting.

France has naval bases in Abu Dhabi and Djibuti in this region that may also be used by india.

President Macron will be accompanied by his wife Brigitte Macron and CEOs of almost 50 french companies. Since defence is one of the major components of relationship between the two countries, defence production giants are also part of the business delegation.

India and France are also willing to deeply collaborate in mitigating climate change and environment protection.

Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French president Emmanuel macron will jointly inaugurate the first conference of the international solar alliance in Delhi on Sunday.

Both leaders will also inaugurate a solar power station in Mirzapur. India and France has total trade of 11 billion dollars. Over 1000 companies in India and 120 Indian companies in France have a combined investment of 1 billion dollars.

Meanwhile, the union cabinet on Saturday approved a string of agreements, including ones on people-to-people contact and environment protection, to be signed with France during the visit of its President Emmanuel Macron to India from March 9.

One of the agreements cleared today relates to migration and mobility partnership between India and France and will be initially valid for a period of seven years. It incorporates provision for automatic renewal and a monitoring mechanism through a joint working group.

Another proposed agreement relates to facilitating mutual recognition of educational qualifications and periods of study undertaken by students in duly approved, recognised and accredited educational institutions in the two countries.

The Cabinet also gave its nod to an agreement with France on the prevention of illicit consumption and reduction of illicit traffic in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and chemical precursors.

The Cabinet was also apprised of the memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of renewable energy between India and Hellenic.

The MoU was signed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Nikos Kotzias, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic during the latter’s visit to New Delhi in November, 2017.

(With inputs from Akhilesh Suman)