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France best partner for India: Macron

IANS  |  New Delhi 

French on Saturday said that should be the best partner for and the entry point to

Macron, who arrived here on Friday on a four-day visit to during the course of which he will the founding conference of the (ISA) with Narendra Modi, said he has three purposes for this visit.

Speaking to media after being accorded a ceremonial reception at the here, he said the first one is to open a new era in the India-Strategic Partnership "in terms of defence and security, in terms of research and science, especially in terms of our youth, higher education and science".

"It is absolutely critical because our two democracies have common challenges regarding terrorism, a lot of common risks, a lot of threats," said.

"The second purpose of this trip is to organise this (conference)," he said.

"The third objective of this visit is to deliver the message that should be the best partner for India, especially in Europe, the entry point for

"And I aim to have more and more Indian citizens coming to France studying, becoming a partner, creating start-ups and I want my country to be your best partner in "

Modi and will hold a bilateral summit later on Saturday following which a number of agreements across multiple sectors are expected to be signed.

On Sunday, Modi and Macron will the founding conference of the India-initiated ISA, which was launched by Modi and then French during the Climate Summit in 2015.

The ISA is conceived as a coalition of solar resource-rich countries to address their special and provide a platform to collaborate on dealing with the identified gaps through a common, agreed approach.

It is open to all 121 prospective member countries falling between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

Till Thursday, 60 countries had signed the framework agreement of the ISA and another 30 submitted the instruments of ratification.

Sunday's conference will be attended by 23 of those who have submitted the instruments of ratification and 24 of those who have signed the framework agreement.

During the course of his stay in India, Macron will also visit and and have a town hall interaction with students in

During his visit to on Monday, he will inaugurate a 75 MW solar plant built by French firm in Mirzapur in

This is Macron's first visit to after he assumed office in May in 2017.



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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 10:54 IST