Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a 2-day visit to France, starting from August 22 during which he will hold bilateral talks with French President Emmanuel Macron to widen strategic ties in key sectors such as nuclear energy, defence, counter-terrorism, and maritime cooperation.
Starting from France, PM Modi will proceed for bilateral visits to Bahrain, and the UAE, and will return to Biarritz on August 25 to attend the G7 Summit, where India has been invited as a partner nation.
The Indian Prime Minister will arrive in France on Thursday, straightaway head for talks with French President Macron, who will also host a working dinner for the visiting leader.
The following day, PM Modi will meet French Prime Minister Edouard Charles Philippe, address an event of Indian Community at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, and also introduced a memorial for Indian victims of two tragic air crashes of Air India planes in 1950 and 1966.
The discussions are likely to focus on reaffirming India and France as the key strategic and like-minded partners, boasting of defence partnership, including future defence acquisitions, convergent, progress on setting up of the Jaitapur nuclear power plant, related operational needs, and political priorities in the Indo-Pacific, said Secretary (Economic Relations) TS Tirumurti.
Widening bilateral engagement in key areas of strategic cooperation such as nuclear energy, defence, counter-terrorism, space, cyber security, maritime security, joint development projects , and International Solar Alliance will also be deliberated upon, he said.
The deliverables of the visit are likely to be in the sectors of skill development, information, space, technology and cyber.