PM Modi declared on July 13, 2023, that his trip to France would strengthen the strategic alliance between France and India. He will participate as the Guest of Honour on Bastille Day. This year marks the 25th anniversary of India and France’s tactical alliance. The trip will focus on trade, investment, education, defense, space, civil nuclear energy, blue economies, and interpersonal relationships. Modi will also engage with the Indian community, top CEOs, and French figures. He will also visit Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on the 15th (July). Modi and President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan are eager to further their relationship after agreeing on a roadmap for it last year.
The strategic partnership will gain momentum after the visit to France: PM Modi
The Prime Minister emphasized that since his last official visit to France in 2022, he has had several opportunities to interact with President Macron, most recently in Hiroshima, Japan, in May 2023 during the G-7 Summit.
PM Modi’s Tour of France
On Thursday, July 13, 2023, Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed assurance that his travel to France would give the two countries’ strategic cooperation an additional boost and said he is looking forward to having in-depth discussions with President Emmanuel Macron about how to move this long-standing relationship forward over the next 25 years.
PM Modi is the Guest of Honour on Bastille Day
In his statement before leaving, Mr. Modi claimed that his trip to France was particularly noteworthy because he will participate with President Macron as the Guest of Honour in the celebrations of the French National Day, or Bastille Day, in Paris.
As part of the Bastille Day Parade, an Indian tri-services contingent will take part, and Indian Air Force aircraft will fly past the crowd, the official announced.
25th anniversary of the India-France strategic partnership
As the India-France strategic partnership celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, Mr. Modi noted that the two nations work closely in several areas such as trade, investment, schooling, the arts, defense, space, civil nuclear energy, blue economies, and interpersonal relationships.
PM Modi’s comments before flying to Paris
“In-depth discussions about how to move this lasting and successful relationship ahead over the next 25 years will take place when PM Modi meets with President Macron,” he said.
He continued, “We also collaborate on regional and international issues.”
In addition, he said, “I am looking towards my conversations with the French administration, including Mr. Gerard Larcher, President of the Senate, Ms. Yael Braun-Pivet, President of the National Assembly, and Ms. Elisabeth Borne, Prime Minister of France.”
Mr. Modi stated that he would also have the chance to interact with the active Indian community, top CEOs from both nations and well-known French figures during his visit.
The prime minister declared, “I am sure my trip will give our strategic alliance a new impetus.”
PM Modi’s UAE Trip
Mr. Modi stated that on July 15, he will fly from Paris to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for a diplomatic visit. He said, “I’m excited to meet my close companion, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.”
He said, “Our two countries are involved in a wide range of sectors, including commerce, investment, power, nutrition, technological innovation, education, financial technology, defense, and strong interpersonal relationships.”
According to Mr. Modi, he and President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed reached an agreement on a roadmap for the future of the two countries’ partnership last year, and he is looking forward to talking with him about how to strengthen ties.