Modi hold talks with French President

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Presenting the French perspective on maritime and military cooperation, President Emmanuel Macron said, "The Pacific and the Indian Oceans can not become zones for hegemonic power and we are, therefore, building a strategic partnership".

Following extensive talks between PM Modi and President Macron, India and France signed 14 pacts in the strategic areas of security, nuclear energy and protection of classified information including an agreement on "reciprocal logistical support" by the armed forces of both sides.

Macron said the countries had made a decision to do more together to fight terrorism and put together a strategy to share intelligence. "In the next two days, President Macron and I will continue to discuss various ideas and issues". The ISA, an alliance of more than 121 countries, was initiated by Prime Minister Modi in January 2016. Both leaders will take a boat ride on the Ganga, which will include a private lunch. During the course of his stay in India, Macron will also visit Agra and Varanasi and have a town hall interaction with students in New Delhi.

The France and India are set to sign 50 agreements in the upcoming session on climate on Sunday. "The same is true for our defence cooperation signed a while ago". There are many war drills conducted between the armies of our two nations.

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

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India and France on Saturday joined hands in ensuring freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific region.

Two of the most important agreements between France and India according to him are education qualifications, and the second is migration and mobility partnership. Macron arrived in India on Friday night.

"Our aim is to begin a new era in ties between our two countries".

The joint strategic vision for Indian Ocean calls for France and India committing "to utilizing every opportunity of their naval ships calling at each other's ports for holding passage exercises".

"France has the largest Exclusive Economic Zone in the world, of which 24 percent lies in the Indian Ocean region", Singh wrote on her blog on Friday. He later visited Rajghat.

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President Macron also visited the library of the Alliance francaise in New Delhi on Saturday morning. Macron will be accompanied by his wife, Brigitte Marie-Claude Macron, and a delegation of businessmen and ministry officials.

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).

The $9.3 billion (Dh34bn) framework agreement for six nuclear reactors was signed during a visit to India in 2010 by then president Nicolas Sarkozy.

Speaking to media after being accorded a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Macron said he has three purposes for this visit.

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