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French Prez arrives on 4-day visit; Modi receives him at airport

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

French arrived here tonight on a four-day visit and was received at the airport by Modi, in a special gesture.

was accompanied by his wife Macron, besides senior ministers from his Cabinet.

"Welcome to India, @EmmanuelMacron! Your visit will add great strength to the strategic partnership between and I look forward to our talks tomorrow," tweeted after receiving at the airport.

I look forward to our talks tomorrow. Looking forward to co-chairing the Founding Conference of the with @EmmanuelMacron on 11th March. The ISA is a unique effort that brings the world together to harness and create a cleaner as well as greener future, he tweeted.

During the visit, the two countries would look to boost ties, especially in the areas of maritime security and counter-terrorism.

An agreement on the Jaitapur nuclear power plant, which is being built with French assistance, is expected to be signed during the visit, sources here said.

Stepping up cooperation in the region will be one of the top issues that will be discussed by Macron and during delegation-level talks tomorrow.

"has particularly supported India's perspective on terror in We are seeing convergence in new areas, particularly maritime security, counter-terrorism and renewable energy," K Nagraj Naidu, (Europe-west), told reporters.

Besides defence, cooperation in the areas of and space are the other pillars of the strategic partnership between and

The two sides will also sign an agreement on co-development of a full-fledged in the maritime domain.

"In the area of space, India and France have a matured engagement and we would like to take it to a new level," Naidu said.

The Indo-French cooperation in the area of space is more than five-decades-old.

Besides conventional areas, thrust would also be on renewable energy, high-speed train and stepping cooperation in trade.

The bilateral trade between India and France for the period from April 2016 to March 2017 was USD 10.95 billion. France is the 9th largest foreign investor in India with a cumulative investment of USD 6.09 billion from April 2000 to October 2017.

After holding delegation-level talks with tomorrow, Macron will take part in a Town Hall and have an interactive session, in which nearly 300 students from different institutions are expected to participate.

On the same day, he will also take part in a Knowledge Summit which will be attended by more than 200 academicians from both sides.

On March 11, President Macron will attend the (ISA) Summit, an initiative mooted by France and India.

The ISA Summit, expected to be attended by several heads of the states and governments, is likely to focus on concrete projects. On the same day, he will also visit in

President Macron will also visit Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Modi, on March 12.

He, along with Modi, will inaugurate a solar plant in Uttar Pradesh's Mirzapur.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 00:10 IST