New Delhi: French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday night arrived on a four-day visit to India, accompanied by his wife Brigitte Marie-Claude Macron and senior ministers from his Cabinet.
Macron holds delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. India and France have decided to work together to deal with threats of terrorism and radicalisation. Defence cooperation between the two countries now has a new significance, says Macron.
India and France exchange agreements. Fourteen agreements have been signed to boost cooperation, including in security and nuclear energy.
“We want India as our first strategic partner here, and we want to be India’s first strategic partner in Europe, and even the western world”
“India and France have robust cooperation in fields of defence and security. In the defence sector, we welcome investments from France under ‘Make in India’” says Prime Minister. Narendra Modi. We want our (India & France) youth to know each other’s countries, in this direction we have signed two agreements today. One is to give importance to education in our countries. The other is a migration and mobiility partnership Modi added.
India and France have signed an agreement on protection of classified information. French and Indian companies have signed contracts worth €13 billion ($16 billion) on the first day of Macron’s visit to India on Saturday