Understanding the emotions behind PM Modi’s visit
This visit holds great importance as PM Modi will be attending the French National Day celebrations in Paris as the Guest of Honour. During the celebrations, there will be a parade where a contingent from India’s armed forces will participate, and the Indian Air Force will perform a fly-past.
The purpose of PM Modi’s visit is to strengthen the diplomatic relations between India, France, and the UAE. It marks the 25th anniversary of the strategic partnership between India and France, reflecting the deep trust and commitment shared by the two countries. They collaborate in various areas, including defense, space, civil nuclear energy, the blue economy, trade, investment, education, culture, and people-to-people ties. They also work together on regional and global issues.
PM Modi is excited about meeting the French leadership, including President Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, and other prominent figures. President Macron is expected to extend special gestures during the visit, such as private dinners, joint meetings with CEOs, and a State Banquet at the prestigious Louvre Museum.
During the visit, PM Modi is also expected to finalize important agreements. One of them is the acquisition of 26 Rafale-Marine fighters for the INS Vikrant aircraft carrier. Additionally, discussions will be held regarding the construction of three more Scorpene (Kalveri) class submarines at Mazagon Dockyards Limited (MDL) as part of the “Make in India” initiative.
Overall, PM Modi’s visit to France and the UAE is an opportunity to enhance diplomatic relations, promote cooperation, and explore new avenues of collaboration between the countries. It is a significant event that showcases India’s engagement on the global stage.