New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to hold bilateral talks with French President Emmanuel Macron during his two-day state visit to France from August 22 with an aim to strengthen cooperation in the fields of defence, maritime security, counter-terrorism, and civil nuclear energy along with robust trade and investment relations.
The Prime Minister will arrive in France on Thursday evening and will straightaway head to talks with Macron, who will also host a special dinner for PM Modi at the Chateau de Chantilly, a 19th-century site located in Oise, 60 km from Paris.
During his visit to France, the PM is also scheduled to address the Indian community in Paris and also inaugurate the Memorial for the Indian victims of the Air India crashes at Nid D`Aigle.
"The bilateral visit to France and the invitation to G7 Summit are in keeping with the tradition of strong and close partnership and high-level political contacts between India and France," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
Informed sources have told ANI that significant talks on climate change, financing, and collaboration for green technologies, specific roadmap and open partnership in new areas like digital and cyberspace, and skill development will be the key thrust of the visit and agreements in this regard will be inked.
Agreements on collaboration in science and technology are also expected. However, no agreement on defence cooperation is on the cards.