French President Emmanuel Macron interacts with students at Bikaner House

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Addressing a joint press conference after the talks with President Macron, PM Modi said the two countries have robust cooperation in the fields of defence and security.

In an interaction with students at Delhi, the French president said there was a need for more exchange between the French and the Indian people and students and that he wanted most of the researchers from India to come to France.

The "Joint Strategic Vision of India-France Cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region" is similar to the agreement signed with the United States in January 2015, a message for China, as the two countries will work to "maintain the safety of global sea lanes for unimpeded commerce and communications in accordance with the worldwide law", in a region that is increasingly becoming an area of contestation with China, from Seychelles and Mauritius to Sri Lanka.

Both President Macron and Prime Minister Modi expressed their deep satisfaction with the swift implementation and operationalization of the bilateral White Shipping Agreement signed in January 2017.

In the statement, the two leaders "welcomed the understanding shared by the two parties on the enforcement of India's rules and regulations on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damages applicable to the Jaitapur project". "I am happy that I have got an opportunity to welcome you in India", Mr Modi said at the start of his speech on Saturday. Defence cooperation between the two countries now has a new significance, the French President said. "Our two great democracies have a historic relationship", President Macron said at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. He also invited the researchers to visit France. The two countries also agreed to jointly work on inter-planetary missions.




Macron said, "Stability in the Indian Ocean is very important for the stability of the entire region, and we are with India for freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific". For France, India is our priority and has always been. Even so the slew of agreements signed and the vision statement indicate that the strategic partnership with France, India's first in 1998, remains a competitor for influence.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that Modi and Sopoaga "exchanged views on strengthening cooperation in renewable energy, developmental assistance, blue economy and worldwide forums".

"Issues of maritime security and terrorism will be discussed during the visit of French President", Naidu added.

Macron, who is on his four-day India visit, arrived in New Delhi on Friday evening. "These two agreements will prepare the framework of close relations among our people and our youth", Prime Minister Modi explained.

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