New Delhi: French President Emmanuel Macron started his four-day India tour today in New Delhi by receiving Guard of Honour in Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Macron stated to the media, while discussing France-India bilateral ties “I think we have very good chemistry, our two great democracies have a historic relationship”.
The French President later visited the Rajghat along with his wife Brigitte, where they paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.
Macron will hold delegation level talks with PM Modi in the national capital today, where both of them are expected to review the progress achieved in bilateral relations and exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest. Several agreements are expected to be signed in various areas.
The visit aims at strengthening the bilateral economic, political and strategic dimension of engagement between the two countries. Besides, the visit is also aimed at forging not only strong manufacturing and technology partnerships but also greater people to people contacts.
The India-France CEO’s Forum will also take place during the visit.
The bilateral trade between India and France from April 2016 to March 2017 reached 10.95 billion dollars. France is the ninth largest foreign investor in India with a cumulative investment of over six billion dollars from April 2000 to October 2017.