India and France on Saturday inked 14 key agreements in the strategic areas of security, nuclear energy, and protection of classified information, as companies from the two countries signed contracts worth €13 billion ($16 billion).
The agreements, including those in the field of education, environment, urban development and railways, were signed after extensive bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron in New Delhi on Saturday.
Addressing a joint press conference after the talks with President Macron, PM Modi said the two countries have robust cooperation in the fields of defence and security.
“Our strategic partnership may be just 20 years old, but our cultural and spiritual partership is even older. The values of liberty, equality and fraternity echo not just in France but have been embedded in India’s Constitution as well,” the Prime Minister said.
For his part, Macron said India and France have decided to work together to deal with threats of terrorism and radicalisation.
Defence cooperation between the two countries now has a new significance, he said.
“We want India as our first strategic partner here, and we want to be India’s first strategic partner in Europe, and even the western world,” the French president said.
Both the leaders also talked about cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.
The deals signed by companies ...