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Mar 10, 2018
7:16AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting French President Emmanuel Macron to hold delegation level talks today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting French President Emmanuel Macron will hold delegation level talks in New Delhi today. During the talks, both the leaders are expected to review the progress achieved in bilateral relations and exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest. Several agreements are expected to be signed in various areas. 

In the morning, the visiting leader will be accorded Ceremonial Reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan. The visiting leader will also meet President Ram Nath Kovind. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj will call on him. Mr Macron arrived in New Delhi last night on a four-day visit to India. He was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the airport. 
           
Briefing media in New Delhi yesterday, Joint Secretary in the MEA K Nagaraj Naidu said, India has a very deep engagement with France in several areas including space. He said issues of maritime security and terrorism will be discussed during the visit of French President. 
The visit aims at strengthening the bilateral economic, political and strategic dimension of engagement between the two countries.Besides, the visit is also aimed at forging not only strong manufacturing and technology partnerships but also greater people to people contacts.The India-France CEO’s Forum will also take place during the visit. 

The bilateral trade between India and France from April 2016 to March 2017 reached 10.95 billion dollars. France is the 9th largest foreign investor in India with a cumulative investment of over 6  billion dollars from April 2000 to October 2017

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