Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit France later this week

Last Updated: Aug 20 2019 16:28
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India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will be visiting France later this week for a state visit and also to participate in G7 Summit in Biarritz where India is a special invitee. 

After a gap of more than 14 years, India has been invited at the G7 Summit. 

Last time, India was invited to attend the G7 summit in 2005 by the then British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

"Discussions are expected to broadly focus on reaffirming France and India as key strategic and like-minded partners, strengthening of defence partnerships including future defence acquisitions, progress on setting up of Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant project, convergent strategic and political priorities in the Indo Pacific and related operational needs," TS Tirumurti, Secretary Economic Relations, Ministry of External Affairs, informed. 

He added that the focus will be on 'strengthening bilateral engagement in the key areas of strategic cooperation, defence, space, civil nuclear, counter-terrorism and maritime security.'

Asked if the Indo-France Rafael deal will be discussed, G Balasubramanian, Joint Secretary Europe West in MEA said, "Defence cooperation will be positively discussed."

PM will reach France on Thursday (August 22) and hold bilateral talks with French President Emmanuel Macron on that day. The next day, PM Modi will meet Prime Minister of Franch Édouard Philippe. 

PM will also meet the Indian diaspora at the UNESCO Headquarters and will inaugurate memorials for Indian victims of the Air India crash in Nid D'Aigle.