Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has embarked on an official visit to France and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday. The purpose of this visit is to strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation between India and these nations.

France Visit: Bastille Day Celebrations

From July 13 to July 14, Prime Minister Modi will visit France at the official invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron. This visit holds particular significance as the Prime Minister will participate in the French National Day, also known as Bastille Day celebrations in Paris, as the Guest of Honour. Notably, an Indian tri-services contingent will take part in the Bastille Day Parade, while the Indian Air Force will showcase a fly-past during the event.

Expressing his anticipation for the visit, PM Modi stated, “This year marks the 25th anniversary of our strategic partnership. Rooted in deep trust and commitment, our two countries cooperate closely across various domains including defence, space, civil nuclear, blue economy, trade, investment, education, culture, and people-to-people ties. We also work together on regional and global issues.”

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During his stay in France, the Prime Minister will engage with prominent French leaders, including President Macron, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, President of the National Assembly Yael Braun-Pivet, and Presidents of the Senate. President Macron is expected to extend special gestures, such as private meetings, a joint meeting with CEOs, and a State Banquet at the renowned Louvre Museum on Bastille Day. Moreover, discussions are underway for the acquisition of 26 Rafale-Marine fighters for the INS Vikrant aircraft carrier and the construction of three more Scorpene (Kalveri) class submarines at Mazagon Dockyards Limited (MDL) through the “Make in India” initiative.

UAE Visit: Strengthening Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

After concluding his visit to France, PM Modi will travel to the UAE on July 15 for an official visit. He is scheduled to meet with President HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. India and the UAE share a robust relationship encompassing various sectors such as trade, investment, energy, food security, science and technology, education, fintech, defense, and security. The Prime Minister expressed confidence that this visit will mark the beginning of a new chapter in the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

It is worth mentioning that last year, PM Modi had a stopover in the UAE while returning from the G7 Summit in Germany, during which he met with President Al Nahyan.

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