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French Prez arrives tonight; maritime security, counter-terror to top agenda

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

French will arrive here tonight on a four-day visit during which the two countries would look to boost ties, especially in the areas of maritime security and counter-

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 will be one of the top issues that will be discussed by 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-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

"In the area of space, and 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.

After holding delegation-level talks with Modi tomorrow, will take part in a Town Hall and have an interactive session, in which nearly 300 students from different levels and 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, 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

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: Fri, March 09 2018. 20:45 IST