PM Modi & French president Macron likely to meet in May first week


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to travel to Europe from May 2 to 6 to have bilateral meetings with re-elected French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Olaf Scholz, apart from addressing the India-Nordic summit in Copenhagen, according to people familiar with the matter.

With Macron getting re-elected as French president for the second term with a resounding vote, PM Modi is expected to drop by in Paris to meet and greet the leader of one of India’s closest bilateral partners.

India and France have very close political and defence relationships with both sides willing to assist each other in areas of critical and emerging technologies apart from having similar views on the Indo-Pacific.

Being strategic partners, India and France are expected to move ahead on Modi’s Atmanirbhar Bharat project by manufacturing air-independent propulsion submarines and high thrust aircraft engines in India apart from mapping the Indian Ocean bed.

Modi and Macron also have personal relations with each other and the latter understands the Indian position on the Ukraine war.

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