Want France To Be India’s Best Partner In Europe – Emmanuel Macron

| March 10 , 2018 , 12:13 IST

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday said that he wants France to be India’s best partner and entry point in Europe. Macron who is on a four-day trip to India arrived in the national capital on Friday and was warmly greeted by Prime Minister Modi at the airport. This is his first visit to India after being elected as the President of France.

Speaking to the media at the Rashtrapati Bhawan after his ceremonial reception Macron said that his visit has three specific purposes. The first purpose is to begin a new era in Indo-French relations in defense and security, higher education, science and research.

The second purpose is to organize the International Solar Alliance. Macron will co-chair the first conference of the International Solar Alliance with PM Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre on Sunday.

Modi and Macron had jointly floated the alliance on the sidelines of Paris Climate Accord 2015, COP21. As of now, 60 nations have already signed the ISA Framework Agreement and 30 have signed and ratified the ISA Framework Agreement. These 30 nations will attend the founding conference on Sunday.

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The third purpose of the visit is to meet the Indian Youth. The French President will take part in a Town Hall and have an interactive session with 300 students. He will take part in a Knowledge Summit, which will be attended by more than 200 academicians from both sides.

Macron said he aims to have more and more Indian citizens coming to France studying, becoming a partner, creating start-ups and want France to be India’s best partner in Europe.

Macron and Modi will hold a bilateral summit on Saturday during which the two nations will sign a host of agreements and MoU’s. An agreement on Jaitapur Nuclear Power plant is expected to be signed as the plant is built with French assistance.