India, France agree to step up cooperation in space tech

India, France agree to step up cooperation in space tech

The two countries inked a range of agreements on Saturday that are the building blocks of a wide arch of cooperation but the formal announcements skipped mention of discussions on further Rafale acquisitions though Macron clearly saw the deal as a significant marker in burgeoning India-France ties. Macron will also visit Agra, and have a town hall interaction with students in New Delhi.

Macron separately said the countries had chose to "do more together" to fight terrorism, and put together a strategy to share intelligence. Modi said that the two countries are bound from the Liberty, Equality, Fraternity Constitution of India, not only in France.

Two of the most important agreements between France and India according to him are education qualifications, and the second is migration and mobility partnership.

Agreements in the field of environment and urban development were also signed. 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 two countries also signed an accord to step up military cooperation in the Indian Ocean to counter China, which has been flexing its muscles in the region.

President Macron arrived in India on Thursday for a four-day visit. They will also visit Mirzapur to inaugurate a 100 MW solar power plant.

"The Pacific or the Indian Ocean can not be places for hegemonic powers".

For perhaps the first time in India's rich space-faring history, human space flight finds mention in any bilateral joint statement. For France, India is our priority and has always been.

President Macron met foreign minister Sushma Swaraj this morning.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that Modi and Sopoaga "exchanged views on strengthening cooperation in renewable energy, developmental assistance, blue economy and global forums". Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the French President discussed ways to deepen bilateral cooperation in defence, security, trade, and investment.

" Looking forward to co-chairing the Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance with President @EmmanuelMacron on 11th March". India and France have pledged to achieve reduction in emissions as committed in Paris.

French President Macron on Saturday held talks with External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj.

Mr Modi and Mr Macron are particularly anxious as China extended its military presence by opening a naval base in the eastern African nation of Djibouti a year ago.

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