More pacts needed to fight climate change: Macron

Mar 11, 2018, 01:06
More pacts needed to fight climate change: Macron

A so-called "Industrial Way Forward Agreement" was signed between French utility EDF and India's NPCIL for the construction of six nuclear reactors at Jaitapur. He was greeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During his interaction with the students, French President Emmanuel Macron spoke on the number of issues like education, climate change, the advance of digital era, the bond between both the nations including other issues. Macron said India and France have chose to work together to deal with threats of terrorism and radicalisation. He further asserted that India's connection France is a "long standing one". "I want most of the researchers to come to France and I am happy to be here today", he said.

Speaking to media after being accorded a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Macron said he has three purposes for this visit.

The President said that India's strategic ties with France have been expanding not just in traditional sectors of defence, space and civil nuclear energy but also in the emerging areas of counter-terrorism and maritime and cyber-security. They will also visit Mirzapur to inaugurate a 100 MW solar power plant. Modi spoke about the warm reception Macron gave him when he travelled to Paris previous year.

"A strong part of our security and the world's stability is at stake in the Indian Ocean", Mr Macron said.

India and France today chose to step up cooperation in the space sector by exploring ways to use satellites for maritime surveillance and collaborating on inter-planetary missions.

French President Macron on Saturday held talks with External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj.

The last visit of Macron to India was in January 2016, when he was the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations.

He met with his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind, his wife Savita Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi respectively.

Modi and President Macron will co-chair the founding conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA), on Sunday.

The agreement provides for the reciprocal provision of logistics support, supplies and services between the armed forces of the two countries during authorised port visits, joint exercises, joint training, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts.

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