Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival in Paris was greeted with great pomp and ceremony as he embarked on a two-day visit to France. During this trip, he will engage in extensive discussions with President Emmanuel Macron and participate in the French National Day celebrations as the esteemed Guest of Honour.
Upon his arrival, Modi expressed his enthusiasm for enhancing India-France cooperation and highlighted his various scheduled programs, including an interaction with the Indian community later in the evening. French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne extended a special welcome to him at the airport, accompanied by a guard of honour and the playing of the national anthems of both countries.
The Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi, took to Twitter to share the details of the ceremonial welcome received by PM Modi, stating that his intensive agenda in Paris involves participating in the Bastille Day celebrations, engaging with the French leadership, interacting with the Indian diaspora, meeting CEOs, and prominent personalities.
With a focus on defence and space, Prime Minister Modi’s discussions with President Macron are expected to strengthen bilateral defence ties. Modi expressed confidence that his visit will impart new momentum to the longstanding and time-tested partnership between India and France.
The French National Day holds particular significance for this visit, as PM Modi will join President Macron as the Guest of Honour in the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris. The Indian Air Force will also participate, with three Rafale fighter jets joining the flypast along with French jets.
As the 25th anniversary of the India-France strategic partnership is celebrated this year, PM Modi emphasized the deep trust and commitment that underlie the close cooperation between the two nations in various domains. This includes defence, space, civil nuclear, blue economy, trade, investment, education, culture, and people-to-people ties.
During his visit, Modi is eager to engage with French leadership, including Elisabeth Borne, Gerard Larcher, and Yael Braun-Pivet. Additionally, he will meet with the vibrant Indian community, leading CEOs from both countries, and prominent French personalities.
Following his visit to Paris, PM Modi will embark on an official visit to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on July 15, further strengthening ties with the UAE.
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