India's PM Modi meets Vanuatu Prime Minister

  • India's PM Modi meets Vanuatu Prime Minister

India's PM Modi meets Vanuatu Prime Minister

Speaking at Bikaner House, French President Emmanuel Macron said, "most of the issues we have today, on climate, on terrorism are because of the short-term vision of most of the leaders". The Indo-French agreement on reciprocal logistics support for armed forces came almost two years after India signed a similar pact with the USA on use of each other's land, air and naval bases.

While India and France announced a slew of pacts and billions of dollars in trade deals to much fanfare on Saturday, Indo-French co-operation quietly took one small step towards a joint giant leap towards literally reaching for the stars.

Prime Minister Modi emphasised that India and France were not the only leaders of two strong independent countries and two diverse democracies, but the successors of rich and capable heritage.

On his part, Macron stated that the defence cooperation between the two countries now has a new significance.

Modi said it was critical for the two countries to cooperate in the Indian Ocean region. Macron said India and France have made a decision to work together to deal with threats of terrorism and radicalisation.

Macron also paid homage to the tens of thousands of Indians who died in World War I, and said India is being invited to a major ceremony being planned in Paris for November 11, the 100th anniversary of the war's end.

All of this has alarmed India, which sits at the heart of the Indian Ocean region.

The raft of agreements signed on Saturday covers defence, space, education, security and clean energy. Macron was accompanied by his wife Brigitte Marie-Claude Macron, besides senior ministers from his Cabinet. On Friday, Macron inspected a Guard of Honour, visited Raj Ghat and met Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj before holding a bilateral meeting with PM Modi.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Central National D'EtudesSpatiales (CNES) signed an Implementing Arrangement which will enable the two countries to provide end-to-end solution for detection, identification and monitoring of vessels in their respective regions of interest, which in India's case is the strategically important Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

Sources in the French presidency told news agency AFP they were optimistic of a final agreement being signed before the end of the year.

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).

French president Emmanuel Macron is to begin his four-day India visit from today; the visit will be aimed at strengthening bilateral economic, political and strategic engagement.