French Premier in India: New Delhi, Paris look to renew confidentiality agreement in a bid to maintain secrecy on Rafale deal

New Delhi: President of France Emmanuel Macron, who arrived in India for his four day visit on Friday night is expected to sign 10 pacts. New Delhi and Paris will work on renewing and updating the confidentiality agreement in a bid to maintain secrecy on India’s deal to buy Rafale fighter aircraft.

Moreover, New Delhi and Paris are expected to boost ties, especially in the areas of maritime security and counter-terrorism.

Macron was received by Narendra Modi at the Delhi airport.

He received a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday, after which he paid his respects to Mahatma Gandhi, at Raj Ghat. The French premier will hold delegation-level talks with PM Modi. He will also host an interactive session in a Town Hall, in which nearly 300 students from different levels and institutions are expected to participate. Later in the day, Macron take part in a Knowledge Summit which will be attended by more than 200 academicians from both countries.

The spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar informed that the French premier met Sushma Sawraj, the external affairs minister exchanged views on further enhancing our strategic partnership in trade & investment, defence & security, culture, education and people-to-people ties.\

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