French President Emmanuel Macron to Hold Delegation-level Talks With PM Modi Today

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New Delhi, March 10: French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in the national capital on Friday for a four-day visit. He is accompanied by his wife, Brigitte Marie-Claude Macron, and a delegation of businessmen and officials. He was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the airport. He will hold delegation-level talks with the PM on Saturday.
PM Modi and the French President will co-chair the founding conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) on March 11. The ISA, an alliance of more than 121 countries, was initiated by PM Modi in January 2016. The primary objective of the alliance is to work for efficient exploitation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

On March 12, the French President, accompanied by PM Modi, will visit Varanasi. The duo will also inaugurate a solar plant in Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the President’s visit was aimed at strengthening the bilateral economic, political and strategic dimension of engagement between the two countries.

“The strategic partnership between India and France, established in 1998, is one of the most important and comprehensive bilateral engagements and is marked by intense and frequent high-level exchanges and deep political understanding”, said in a statement.

The last visit of the French President to India was in January 2016, when Macron was the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations. Prime Minister Modi had last visited France in June last year.

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