Apart from sending the shutterbugs into a tizzy about whether or not his girlfriend would accompany him on his visit to the Taj, Nicholas Sarkozy’s visit to much-anticipated visit to
When French President Nicholas Sarkozy was welcomed with a guard of honour and the strains of La Marseillaise at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, it was expected that his visit would advance further, the Indo-French strategic partnership launched in 1988 in the international maelstrom of condemnation of
The two nations, which pride themselves for their independent foreign policies, have always had a tender spot for each other, but a lack of strong-hold political direction on further plans had slowed down the momentum. The Indo-French nuclear co-operation is hence being looked at as an important means of establishing a long term strategic partnership.
While France had always been keen to start wide scale nuclear cooperation with India, it retains its stand that it will not be possible for Paris to enter into a deal with New Delhi without the latter successfully completing its safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA) to operationalise the Indo-US accord.
“France will be India’s advocate to the international community for its acquisition of civilian nuclear energy…India is considered a responsible nuclear power which is sticking to the IAEA guidelines. So
The Prime Minister said
Both countries will consolidate their relationship in the field of defence by increasing the range, level and frequency of their military joint operations and cooperation. In this regard, it was agreed to strengthen their joint programmes and prospects in the defence industry, conduct joint research and facilitate transfer of technology in these vital areas.