El primer ministro de la India, Narendra Modi (i) saluda al presidente francés, Emmanuel Macron (d) en una fotografía de archivo. EFE/EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA

Indian PM Modi embarks on tour of France, UAE to boost bilateral ties

New Delhi, July 13 (EFE) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to be the guest of honor at this year’s Bastille Day celebration in France as hundreds of soldiers from the Indian armed forces will march down the historic Champs Elysees in Paris to commemorate the national day of the European nation.

Modi began his two-nation tour on Thursday with a visit to France, which will be followed by a trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The visit to France “is particularly special as I will join President (Emmanuel) Macron for the French National Day, or Bastille Day celebrations in Paris as the Guest of Honour,” Modi said in a statement.

“An Indian tri-services contingent will be part of the Bastille Day Parade, while Indian Air Force aircraft will perform a fly-past on the occasion.”

Modi emphasized that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the strategic partnership between India and France.

In addition to participating in the parade, Modi will meet with Macron to discuss various subjects such as economic cooperation and defense. He will also interact with executives from both countries and the Indian community in Paris.

Coinciding with India’s presidency of the G20, India and France will reaffirm their commitment to multilateralism.

On Friday, the Indian Prime Minister will visit the UAE, where he is scheduled to meet with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi.

Modi stated, “Our two countries are engaged across a wide range of sectors such as trade, investments, energy, food security, science & technology, education, fintech, defense, security, and robust people-to-people ties.”

Last year, the two countries agreed on a roadmap for the future of their partnership.

Modi expressed his anticipation to discuss with Zayed Al Nahyan how to further deepen the ties and said, “I am confident that my visit to the UAE will usher in a new chapter in our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.”

The UAE will be hosting the 28th Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC (COP-28) later this year.

He said he would exchange views on strengthening global cooperation towards accelerating climate action to facilitate the energy transition and implementation of the Paris Agreement. EFE