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Vice President to embark on a state visit to France tomorrow

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The Vice of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, at the invitation of the Government of the Republic of France, will be visiting from 9 to 11 November 2018, to represent in the activities commemorating the centenary of the Armistice of World War I.

was one of the largest contributors of soldiers during World War I. India's participation at the Armistice Centenary ceremony will be a befitting tribute to the sacrifices made by these soldiers, underlining India's historical contribution to global peace and security.

The Heads of Government of over 50 countries and their representatives are expected to participate in the centenary activities.

On 11 November, the Vice will attend the ceremony to commemorate the armistice of World War I at Arc de Triomphe, presided over by the French President,

As part of the Armistice Centenary, the will also be hosting the Peace Forum, which will take place in from 11-13 November 2018.

The aim of the Paris Peace Forum is to establish a global platform to reaffirm the importance of multilateralism, international cooperation and reform of global governance institutions. The Forum provides a platform for discussion and debate with special emphasis on initiatives and shares experiences and innovative solutions involving all the stakeholders in governance.

The Forum is envisioned as a recurring, annual event to promote in five key areas: Peace and Security, Environment, Development, New Technologies, and Inclusive Economy. The Vice will speak at the high-level panel discussion titled, "Dialogue of the Continents on Global Governance".

The will also address the Indian community on 9 November 2018 and will inaugurate the at Villers Guislain on 10 November 2018. constructed this war memorial at Villers Guislain, a town around 200 km from Paris, to highlight the contribution of the soldiers of the undivided India to the freedom of in the World War I.

Later, the will participate in a Reception at 'The Mairie Hall' behind Shri will also visit the Exhibition organized to showcase the role of Indian Armed Forces during the World War I at the Memorial.

He will also hold a number of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the Paris Peace Forum.

After completing of his visit to France, the is scheduled to return to on November 12th morning.

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 21:09 IST