France President Emmanuel Macron to arrive in India today

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The visiting President Macron, who spoke about right chemistry in bilateral relations with India, and Prime Minister Modi expressed satisfaction at the working of the bilateral Maritime Dialogue instituted in 2015.

Commenting on the defence cooperation between the two countries, the Prime Minister said, "Today the agreement of reciprocal logistics support between our armies is considered a golden step in the history of our close defense cooperation". Prime Minister Modi received Macron at the airport and greeted him with his trademark hug.

In the statement, the two leaders "welcomed the understanding shared by the two parties on the enforcement of India's rules and regulations on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damages applicable to the Jaitapur project".

India had signed a government-to-government deal with France in 2016 to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of about the Rs 58,000-crore.

French President Macron on Saturday held talks with External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj. Modi said that the two countries are bound from the Liberty, Equality, Fraternity Constitution of India, not only in France.

Macron, who arrived in the Indian capital on Friday, said France and India should be key partners.

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He said space agencies of both countries will have joint monitoring mechanism for developments in the maritime sphere, while navies of the two nations will share intelligence and call their respective military bases for any requirement.

"And I dream to have more and more Indian citizens coming to France - studying, becoming entrepreneurs, creating startups - and I want my country to be a best partner in Europe, an entry point", Macron said at a reception ceremony.

Indian sources also said that unless the EDF is out of its financial mess, the NPCIL will not go ahead with a final contract or a General Framework Agreement with the French company.

Macron said, "Stability in the Indian Ocean is very important for the stability of the entire region, and we are with India for freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific". France congratulates India on its leadership at lORA and the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS).

"The second goal of this trip is to organise this International Solar Alliance (conference)", he said. "Tomorrow, we are co-hosting the International Solar Alliance and the presence of the French President at the founding conference will take our climate partnership to newer heights", President Kovind added.

Mr Modi and Mr Macron are particularly anxious as China extended its military presence by opening a naval base in the eastern African nation of Djibouti previous year.