Modi to visit France, attend G7 summit

India´s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting France on an official visit on August 22-23 and then to attend the G7 Summit at its seaside resort of Biarritz on August 25-26, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

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The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that Narendra Modi will be attending the summit as the “Biarritz Partner” on the invitation of President Emmanuel Macron, and is expected to speak on the environment, climate, oceans and digital transformations.

The Prime Minister will also be having bilateral meetings with leaders of other countries on the sidelines of the summit.

According to the MEA officials, prior to the G7 Summit, Modi will hold meetings with President Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.

During his visit to France, he would address the Indian community in Paris and also inaugurate the memorial for the Indian victims of the Air India crashes at Nid D’Aigle.

After his engagements in Paris on August 22-23, Modi will make a state visit to the UAE on August 23-24 and then to Bahrain during August 24-25.

India and France have been strategic partners since 1998 and share a comprehensive, dynamic and multi-faceted relationship. The two countries have strong cooperation in the fields of defense, maritime security, space, cyber, counter-terrorism, and civil nuclear energy along with robust trade and investment relations.

The bilateral visit to France and the invitation to G7 Summit are in keeping with the tradition of strong and close partnership and high-level political contacts between India and France, the MEA said.

About G7 summit

The Group of Seven (G7) is a group consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The European Union is also represented at the G7 summit.

The 45th G7 summit will be held on August 25–27, 2019, in Biarritz, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France. In March 2014, the G7 declared that a meaningful discussion was currently not possible with Russia in the context of the G8. The G7 is a collective of seven of the world’s most industrialized and developed economies. Their political leaders come together annually to discuss important global economic, political, social and security issues.

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