New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi left India for an official visit to France and UAE on Thursday morning. He will be in France on July 13 and 14 at the official invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron. Before leaving for France, PM Modi in a statement said, “I look forward to meeting President Macron and holding wide-ranging discussions on taking forward this longstanding and time-tested partnership over the next 25 years. I have had the opportunity to meet President Macron several times since my last Official Visit to France in 2022, most recently in Hiroshima, Japan in May 2023 during the G-7 Summit.”
PM Modi will join Macron for Bastille Day celebrations in Paris as the Guest of Honour. An Indian tri-services contingent will take part in the Bastille Day Parade and Indian Air Force aircraft will perform a fly-past on the occasion.
PM Modi will also meet the French PM, Elisabeth Borne, French Senate President Gerard Larcher and President of the French National Assembly Yael Braun-Pivet, the Indian community and leading CEOS from both nations.
Leaving France, PM Modi will reach Abu Dhabi on July 15. “From Paris, I will be travelling to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for an Official Visit on July 15. I look forward to meeting my friend, H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi,” PM Modi said in the statement.
“Our two countries are engaged across a wide range of sectors such as trade, investments, energy, food security, science & technology, education, fintech, defence, security, and robust people-to-people ties. Last year, President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and I agreed on a Roadmap on the future of our partnership, and I look forward to discussing with him how to further deepen our ties,” he added.
Leaving for Paris, where I will take part in the Bastille Day celebrations. I look forward to productive discussions with President @EmmanuelMacron and other French dignitaries.
Other programmes include interacting with the Indian community and top CEOs. https://t.co/jwT0CtRZyB
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 13, 2023