Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron held extensive talks in Jaipur to strengthen bilateral strategic engagement. The discussions, held at the historic Taj Rambagh Palace, covered various aspects including defense and security, trade, climate change, nuclear energy, and mobility of students and professionals. The meeting took place during Macron's two-day visit to India, highlighting deep mutual trust and unwavering friendship between the two nations.
Earlier, Macron received a red-carpet welcome in Jaipur and participated in a roadshow with Prime Minister Modi, showcasing the Pink City's royal heritage. The roadshow traversed from the astronomical site of Jantar Mantar to the iconic Hawa Mahal. Macron also visited the grand Amber Fort situated on the Aravalli range on the outskirts of Jaipur.
The French president is the chief guest at India's Republic Day celebrations, scheduled for Friday at the Kartavya Path in the national capital. The visit underscores the significant renewal of the France-India strategic partnership, marked by the 'Horizon 2047 Roadmap' agreed upon by both leaders in July.
The Horizon 2047 initiative aims to enhance bilateral ties as the two nations approach the centenary of diplomatic relations. Macron's visit also coincides with discussions on two major defense deals, including India's procurement of 26 Rafale-M fighter jets and three French-designed Scorpene submarines.
President Macron will participate in the Republic Day parade as the Chief Guest, with a French marching contingent and band, along with Rafale fighter jets and an Airbus A330 multi-role tanker transport aircraft from the French air force. The celebrations will also feature a meeting between Macron and President Droupadi Murmu, followed by an 'At Home' reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
(With Agency Inputs)