New Delhi: External Affairs Minister (EAM) of India, Smt. SushmaSwaraj, visited Paris from 18-19 June 2018, the first major visit from India to France since the visit of the French President H.E. Emmanuel Macron to India in March 2018. During her visit to Paris, EAM met her counterpart, H.E. Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe & Foreign Affairs of France on June 18 where they reviewed the wide gamut of bilateral relations as well as exchanged views on contemporary matters of regional/international interest. The two Ministers reaffirmed the strong mutual ties and the expanding convergences which underpin the bilateral Strategic Partnership, now in its 20th year.
External Affairs Minister (EAM) of India, Smt. SushmaSwaraj also called on the French President, H.E. Mr. Emmanuel Macron the same evening and conveyed the personal greetings of the President and Prime Minister of India.
In her other engagements in Paris, EAM was the Chief Guest at a ceremony held to name the Indian Culture Centre in the memory of Swami Vivekanand.
A bilateral Letter of Intent was signed between India and France in her presence on cooperation in the field of conservation of pre-historic ornate caves and rock shelters. This document which was signed between the Ministry of Culture of India and the Ministry of Culture of France will aid conservation efforts at the Bhimbetka caves in India and the caves of Lascaux and Chauvet in France.
EAM released a publication ‘States of India’ prepared by Embassy of India which is meant for increasing awareness of the business climate and invest potential of various states of India and would prove to be a handy guide for French investors, chamber of commerce and others.