14 agreements are signed in between India and France

Will French president’s India-visit be significant for India

President Ram Nath Kovind Saturday said that India lays great importance to its ties with France.

The French President arrived here on Friday and was received at the airport by Prime Minister Modi in a special gesture.

During the course of his stay in India, Macron will also visit Agra and Varanasi and have a town hall interaction with students in New Delhi. PM Modi, who spoke before President Macron, said "In defence, we welcome investments in Make in India from France".

The President said that India commends France's efforts in the global fight against climate change. "And I aim to have more and more Indian citizens coming to France studying, becoming a partner, creating start-ups and I want my country to be your best partner in Europe". "In the area of space, India and France have a matured engagement and we would like to take it to a new level", Naidu said.

French President Macron will be accorded ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan in the morning.

Besides talking about cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, New Delhi and Paris also inked agreements in the field of education, environment, urban development and railways in the presence of the two leaders. They will also visit Mirzapur to inaugurate a 100 MW solar power plant.

"France has particularly supported India's perspective on terror in South Asia".

Modi said that both sides have agreed to strengthen cooperation in ensuring freedom of navigation, overflight as Indian Ocean will play a key role in ensuring regional peace and stability. Modi spoke about the warm reception Macron gave him when he travelled to Paris a year ago.

He met with his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind, his wife Savita Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi respectively.

Macron's visit comes after a somewhat misstep-laden visit to India by Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.

Under the terms of the agreement, Indian warships will have access to French naval bases in the Indian Ocean. Looking forward to co-chairing the Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance with President @EmmanuelMacron on 11th March.

In his statement, Modi said that the strategic partnership between the two countries may be just 20-years-old, but the cultural and spiritual partnership was even older.

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