Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday arrived in France on the first leg of his three-nation tour during which he will have a summit interaction with President Emmanuel Macron to further boost the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership. Sharing a glimpse of the “warm welcome” accorded to him on his arrival, the prime minister tweeted a video of the Indians in France welcoming him. “Warm welcome, warm conversations,” the tweet read.
Prime Minister Modi was received by the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian at the airport in Paris.
Warm welcome, warm conversations.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 22, 2019
PM Modi also held talks with French President Emmanuel Macron during which the two leaders discussed issues of bilateral and mutual interests to further boost the comprehensive strategic partnership. The two leaders held one-on-one interaction which was followed by the delegation-level talks.
“Landed in France, marking the start of a key bilateral visit. India and France enjoy extremely friendly ties and have been working together bilaterally and multilaterally for years,” Modi tweeted.
During his two-day visit, Modi will also meet his French counterpart Edouard Philippe and interact with the Indian community. He will dedicate a memorial to the Indian victims of the two Air India crashes in France in the 1950s and 1960s.
In his departure statement, the prime minister said his visit to France reflects the strong strategic partnership which the two countries deeply value and share.
“India and France have excellent bilateral ties, which are reinforced by a shared vision to cooperate for further enhancing peace and prosperity for our two countries and the world at large,” the prime minister said.
He said the strong strategic and economic partnership is complemented by a shared perspective on major global concerns such as terrorism and climate change.
“I am confident that this visit will further promote our long-standing and valued friendship with France for mutual prosperity, peace and progress,” Modi said.
From France, Modi will travel to the United Arab Emirates on Friday where he would receive the ‘Order of Zayed’, the highest civilian decoration conferred by the UAE government.
He will hold talks with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and also formally launch RuPay card to expand the network of cashless transactions abroad.
Modi will then visit Bahrain where he will hold talks with King Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and also witness the formal beginning of the re-development of the temple of Shreenathji – the oldest in the Gulf region before returning to France on Sunday to attend the G7 Summit meetings.