India, France release Strategic Vision for enhanced ties in Indian Ocean Region


Given the vast areas of cooperation between India and France, underlined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as stretching from the "earth to the sky", the relationship contains an alternative to both the U.S. and Russian Federation when it comes to military hardware, aircraft, space cooperation and nuclear reactors. The agencies of the two countries would cooperate to protect their respective space based assets, including by infrastructure and information-sharing on space events. He was received at the airport on Friday night by Prime Minister Modi, in a special gesture.

India and France on Saturday committed to increase bilateral trade to 15 billion euro by 2022 and "timely relaunching" of negotiations on the India-EU free trade agreement. "I am happy that I have got an opportunity to welcome you in India", Mr Modi said at the start of his speech on Saturday.

On his part, Macron stated that the defence cooperation between the two countries now has a new significance.

"I hope this visit will open a new era for this strategic partnership", Macron added Saturday.

The last visit of President Macron to India was in January 2016, when he was the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations.

Both sides also decided that both countries will strengthen the coordination in existing global and regional bodies to carry out this objective.

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Both the leaders also talked about cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.

"And I dream to have more and more Indian citizens coming to France - studying, becoming entrepreneurs, creating startups - and I want my country to be a best partner in Europe, an entry point", Macron said at a reception ceremony.

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.

He finally concluded by saying that for the sake of Earth's future, India and France were committed to the success of the International Solar Conference (ISA). "They exchanged views on enhancing strategic partnership in trade and investment, defence and security, culture, education and people-to-people ties", tweeted foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.

Macron, who arrived here on Friday night, was given a ceremonial welcome this morning. Prime Minister Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron will co-chair the International Solar Conference (ISA) on Sunday.

Earlier today, French President met with his Indian counterpart, Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Modi had visited France in June previous year, immediately after Macron was elected president.