In addition to holding in-depth discussions with President Emmanuel Macron during his two days in Paris, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also participate in the festivities for French National Day as the Guest of Honour.
India-France relations would be strengthened in a number of areas during PM Modi’s visit, including infrastructure, culture, and the military and space sectors. His invitation to the Bastille Day celebrations signals a strengthening of Indo-French ties as the visit falls on the 25th anniversary of the India-France Strategic Partnership.
PM Modi will visit the Senate and speak with Mr. Gerrad Larcher, the Senate President, later today. He will also meet with Ms. Elisabeth Borne, the Prime Minister of France. The chance to communicate with the whole French political establishment demonstrates a common dedication to the two-way relationship.
PM Modi will speak at an Indian Community function at the venerable La Seine Musicale at around 11 PM Indian time. He would afterwards go to a special dinner the French President gave at the Elysee Palace.
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, and PM Modi will have in-depth conversations about how to move the historic and tried-and-true alliance ahead before PM Modi leaves for France.
The 25th anniversary of our strategic collaboration is this year. Our two nations work closely together in a variety of fields, such as military, space, civil nuclear, the blue economy, commerce, investment, education, culture, and people-to-people relations, all of which are underpinned by a strong sense of trust and commitment. We collaborate on regional and international concerns as well, the prime minister stated in a statement.
The Defence Acquisition Committee gave the go-ahead for India to purchase an additional 26 Rafale planes and three Scorpene submarines before to the Prime Minister’s visit. This establishes a buying intent and opens the door to talks. Following the deliberations, the Cabinet Committee of Security gives its final approval.
The commemoration of Bastille Day will not be complete without the participation of the Indian tri-services. The Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force contingent trained in France in preparation for tomorrow’s Bastille Day parade.
The Indian Armed Forces will march with the French Armed Forces with a force of 269 soldiers.
For many years, one of India’s closest allies in Europe has been France. After India conducted nuclear tests in 1998, Paris was the only western city that did not impose sanctions on New Delhi.
After leaving France, PM Modi will go to the United Arab Emirates where he will meet Abu Dhabi’s president, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.