Macron, Modi sign key security deal

Mar 11, 2018, 01:24
Macron, Modi sign key security deal

As "leaders of two strong democracies with vital interests" in the Indian Ocean Region, French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday laid emphasis on the multi-dimensional India-France strategic partnership and said both sides will play key role in ensuring peace, security and stability in the region.

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"The Indian Ocean, like the Pacific Ocean, can not become a place of hegemony", he added in an apparent reference to China.

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".

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Earlier in the day, Macron was given a ceremonial welcome this morning.

Addressing the joint statement, Modi said that even though India-France strategic partnership is just 20 years old, the cultural and spiritual partnership between the two nations is ages old.

Indian sources also said that unless the EDF is out of its financial mess, the NPCIL will not go ahead with a final contract or a General Framework Agreement with the French company.

The first day of the French president's visit was quite productive, as he also signed 14 MoUs with India, which included agreements on issues related migration, railways, the environment and so on.

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He finally concluded by saying that for the sake of Earth's future, India and France were committed to the success of the International Solar Conference (ISA).

He also hailed France's "commitment" towards making defence and security equipment in India and contributing to Modi's flagship "Make in India" plan to boost local manufacturing. Macron will be in India from March 9 to 12 to strengthen the strategic partnership between India and France.

French President Macron and Prime Minister Modi will also visit Varanasi, where a group of local youths and some French nationals have formed a club to work towards improving man-to-man contact between the people of the two countries. He was received at the airport on Friday night by Prime Minister Modi, in a special gesture.

Sharing his thoughts on digital world and technology, the French President Macron said, "We're in the middle of revolution on digital era and climate change". This meeting assumes extra significance in the light of the United States under President Trump pulling out of the Paris accord.

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Earlier in the day, Macron talked about his personal rapport with Modi which was established after their meeting in Paris a year ago.