After talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in New Delhi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also highlighted a solar alliance and cooperation between the two countries in defense, security, technology, space and counterterrorism.
The "Joint Strategic Vision of India-France Cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region" is similar to the agreement signed with the United States in January 2015, a message for China, as the two countries will work to "maintain the safety of global sea lanes for unimpeded commerce and communications in accordance with the worldwide law", in a region that is increasingly becoming an area of contestation with China, from Seychelles and Mauritius to Sri Lanka.
Mr Modi broke protocol to receive Mr Macron at the airport, exchanging warm hugs and robust handshakes. He pointed that the meeting of India and France is between two civilizations. "India and France have chose to work together to deal with threats of terrorism and radicalisation", Macron said after having talks with Modi.
For his part, Macron said India and France have chose to work together to deal with threats of terrorism and radicalisation.
Earlier in the day, Macron was given a ceremonial welcome this morning.
He also hailed France's "commitment" towards making defence and security equipment in India and contributing to Modi's flagship "Make in India" plan to boost local manufacturing. France congratulates India on its leadership at lORA and the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS).
Macron, accompanied by first lady Brigitte Marie-Claude and other senior cabinet members, is in India to attend a series of summits as the date coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Indo-France strategic partnership.
French President Macron and Prime Minister Modi will also visit Varanasi, where a group of local youths and some French nationals have formed a club to work towards improving man-to-man contact between the people of the two countries. President Macron interacted with students at Bikaner House in New Delhi. Macron, who arrived in India last night on a four-day visit, further said India and France have chose to work together to deal with threats of terrorism and radicalisation.
Sources in the French presidency told news agency AFP they were optimistic of a final agreement being signed before the end of the year. "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. India and France have pledged to achieve reduction in emissions as committed in Paris.