French president Macron arrives in India on 4-day visit

French president Emmanuel Macron was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Delhi airport. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Mar 09, 2018, 04.41 PM (IST)

French President France Emmanuel Macron arrived in New Delhi on Friday on a four-day state visit. 

He was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as soon as he touched down at the Delhi airport. The two had a brief interaction before the French president was whisked away in a waiting car.



The French President, who is travelling with his wife Brigitte and delegation of businessmen and ministry officials, will tour India from March 9 to March 12.

Macron will also hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday in order to enhance and cooperate in the defence, maritime, security and energy-related sectors. 

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Issues like terrorism, climate change, sustainable growth and development, infrastructure, smart urbanization, science and technology cooperation will take centre stage during the discussions.

Ministry of External Affairs earlier said in a statement that "the visit of President Macron is aimed at strengthening the bilateral economic, political and strategic dimension of our engagement".

Macron will also chair the International Solar Alliance (ISA) summit on Sunday.

He is also expected to make a visit to Taj Mahal and on Monday will head to Varanasi where he will be accompanied by PM Modi.

Macron last visited India in 2016 when he was invited to be the chief guest of Republic Day celebrations.