Modi-Macron Space Plan: India Partners France In Bold Vision For Space

Lucy Bush
March 11, 2018

Tucked in among the 14 pacts signed between the two countries as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron watched on was a bold new vision for space co-operation.

Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi - addressing a news conference in New Delhi after signing the agreements - also committed to strengthening their partnership on defence andsecurity. PM Modi, who spoke before President Macron, said "In defence, we welcome investments in Make in India from France". There are many war drills conducted between the armies of our two nations.

Both leaders also took note of the commissioning of INS Kalvari, the first Scorpene submarine made in India by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. (MDL) in collaboration with French shipbuilder Naval Group under the Indian Navy "Project 75" programme, according to the joint statement.

"And I dream to have more and more Indian citizens coming to France - studying, becoming entrepreneurs, creating startups - and I want my country to be a best partner in Europe, an entry point", Macron said at a reception ceremony.

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"The Indian Ocean, like the Pacific Ocean, can not become a place of hegemony", he said.

President Kovind was happy to note that close to 1,000 French companies have invested in India.

Macron also paid homage to the tens of thousands of Indians who died in World War I, and said India is being invited to a major ceremony being planned in Paris for November 11, the 100th anniversary of the war's end.

"Your historical partner in Europe was the United Kingdom, and I want France to become the new partner", Macron told Indian media. He later visited Rajghat.

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Both President Macron and Prime Minister Modi expressed their deep satisfaction with the swift implementation and operationalization of the bilateral White Shipping Agreement signed in January 2017. "They exchanged views on enhancing strategic partnership in trade and investment, defence and security, culture, education and people-to-people ties", tweeted foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.

On Sunday, Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron will co-chair the founding conference of the India-initiated ISA which was launched by Modi and then French President Francois Hollande during the Paris climate summit in 2015. He also said the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) was important for the peace and prosperity of the world. Modi also shared his photos with the French president.

Earlier in the day, Macron talked about his personal rapport with Modi which was established after their meeting in Paris past year.

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