French Foreign Minister to visit India ahead of Macron

RSTV Bureau
File photo of French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

File photo of French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian will arrive in New Delhi for a two-day visit to prepare the ground for President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed India trip early next year.

On day one of her visit, Drian will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval among others.

A wide range of strategic and economic issues concerning the two countries will be discussed.

The minister will also meet prominent members of the Indian and French business communities, a French embassy statement said.

“Minister Le Drian will work to strengthen various aspects of France’s bilateral cooperation with India, its foremost Asian strategic partner: security, economy, sustainable urban development and renewable energy, education and research, people-to-people ties and cultural affairs,” the French statement said.

On Saturday, the French minister will unveil an exhibition on bilateral ties in Delhi and then travel to Jaipur to launch ‘Bonjour India’, an Indo-French collaborative platform which is focused on innovation, creativity and partnership.

(With inputs from agencies)