India and France exchange 14 agreements


New Delhi: India and France signed 14 pacts in various fields including solar energy, climate change and defence. PM Modi said, reciprocal logistics support agreement between armed forces of India and France is a milestone in the history of defence cooperation between the two countries.

This warmth isn’t restricted to the bond that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Emmanuel Macron signifies the age old ties between the two nations and their peoples. Prime Minister reciprocated President Macron’s gesture last year.breaking protocol to welcome the visiting french president.

India and France are strategic partners with strong defence, economic, cultural and people to people ties. Both share a similar outlook to counter terrorism. All these issues came up in talks between the two leaders.

The 14 agreements include:-

Illicit Trafficking and Narcotics
An agreement which will facilitate student and professional mobility between France and India by simplifying the conditions for entry and long term stay in the two countries
One on Facilitating mutual recognition of academic qualifications
Technical Co-operation in field of Railways
Letter of intent on creation of a Permanent Indo-French Railway Forum
Logistics Support between Armed forces
Ecological and Inclusive Transition agreement
Cooperation in Urban Development
Exchange and reciprocal protection of Classified information
Cooperation in Space Research
An Industrial way forward agreement in the Nuclear Field for the Implementation of six nuclear power reactor units at Jaitapur, Maharashtra, India
Agreement Marine Hydrography and Cartography
Credit Facility Agreement worth 100 Bn Euro For Smart Cities
Solar Energy
The International solar alliance is an idea that has further cemented India-France ties. Launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris on 30 November 2015 by PM Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande, India is the Headquarter for this body and the two countries are now co-hosts at the first International solar alliance Summit.

PM Modi and the French President interacted with CEOs from India and France to boost economic ties. Earlier, the French President Emmanuel Macron, was accorded Ceremonial Reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan. The youngest president of france stood tall as India showered a warm welcome. He described France as a Natural gateway for India to Europe.

Later, French President and his wife Brigitte Macron visited Rajghat and paid tributes to the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi. The French President wrote in the Visitor’s Book that Mahatma Gandhi’s thoughts have deeply impacted his intellectual growth and morality. He added that Mahatama Gandhi remains relevant for times to come and that history can be can changed history with new ideas and no arms.

India and France have agreed to mutually recognize academic qualifications to help students. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and France’s Minister of Higher Education Frederique Vidal signed the MoU at the ‘Knowledge Summit 2018’. held coinciding with the first state visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to India.

The Knowledge Summit brought together education and research industry experts. At the Summit, agreements were signed between universities and research institutions of both countries to boost student mobility between the two countries.