New Delhi, Nov 16 (IANS) French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrives here on Friday on a two-day visit to prepare for the visit of President Emmanuel Macron in early December.
Both Macron and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are to formalise the launching of the International Solar Alliance, in early 2018.
On the first day of his trip on Friday, Minister Le Drian will meet Prime Minister Modi, as well as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, and Minister of State (IC) for Power and New and Renewable Energy Raj Kumar Singh. He will also meet National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
The meetings are part of efforts to strengthen various aspects of France’s bilateral cooperation with India, its foremost Asian strategic partner: security, economy, sustainable urban development and renewable energy, education and research, people-to-people ties and cultural affairs, a statement from the French Embassy said.
He will also meet prominent members of the Indian and French business communities.
On the second day, on the occasion of the official launch of the third edition of the Indo-French platform “Bonjour India”, Le Drian will unveil “The Experience”: an immersive and interactive multimedia journey to the heart of the Indo-French relationship.
The Grand Opening of Bonjour India will take place at Amber Fort, Jaipur, on Saturday evening. Minister Le Drian, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will grace the event, which will feature a monumental video creation by French artist Xavier de Richemont, entitled “Barghal”. This will be followed by a reception offering a vegetarian menu with ingredients sourced locally from Tijara, specially conceived for the occasion by celebrated Michelin-star chef Alain Passard in collaboration with Indian chefs at Hotel Fairmont.
This three-month Indo-French collaborative platform focused on innovation, creativity, and partnership, will present more than 300 events in 33 cities across India.
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