Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached France on the last leg of his four-nation tour. He will hold talks with newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron on a host of key issues such as terrorism, India’s NSG membership bid and climate change.
“Reached France for a vital visit to enhance ties with one of our most important strategic partners,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
He headed to France after wrapping up his visit to Russia, where he held talks with President Vladimir Putin and took part in an international economic forum. Before Russia, Modi also visited Germany and Spain where he held talks with the top leaderships.
During his France visit, Modi will meet the newly-elected French President Macron. “France is one of our most important Strategic Partners. I look forward to meeting President Macron and have discussions on issues of mutual interest,” Modi had said ahead of his visit.
“I would be exchanging views with the French President on important global issues including UN Security Council reforms and India’s permanent membership of the UN Security Council, India’s membership of the various multilateral export control regimes, counter-terrorism cooperation, collaboration on climate change and International Solar Alliance,” he had said.
France is India’s 9th largest investment partner. It is an important partner in its development initiatives in the area of defence, space, nuclear and renewable energy, urban development and railways. “I am committed to substantially strengthening and advancing our multi-faceted partnership with France,” PM Modi had said.
The 39-year-old Macron created history after becoming the youngest president of France.