Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy to visit India

New Delhi: Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy will visit New Delhi on April 13 during which he would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi .

This follows up on their first encounter in Paris in April 2015.

In the course of his stay in Delhi, Sarkozy will pay tribute to the Mahatma at Gandhi Smriti.

He will also have meetings with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.

Sarkozy will interact with business representatives at a conference organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), in partnership with the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IFCCI).

Indo-French relations received a boost in 2015 with high level engagements and expansion of the already strong cooperation. Prime Minister Modi paid a landmark visit to France from April 9-12 last year.

Prime Minister Modi and French President Francois Hollande held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2015. They again met in Paris on November 30, 2015 at the Leaders’ Event of CoP-21 (21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris.

There has been a significant progress in bilateral relations through regular ministerial and official visits and exchanges in strategic areas of security, defence, nuclear energy, space as well as in other areas of bilateral cooperation like science and technology, culture, education.

France has continued to support India’s permanent membership of the UN Security Council and multilateral export control regimes like the NSG, MTCR.