India, France sign military logistics and 13 other agreements

NEW DELHI — India and France on March 10, 2018 signed fourteen agreements in the presence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting French President Emmanuel Macron in New Delhi. The pacts cover strategic areas such as defence and nuclear energy as well as people to people ties such as in the education sector.

According to Indian newspaper reports one of the key agreements is a reciprocal logistics support deal between the respective armed forces of India and France. Described as a “golden step” by PM Modi in his joint statement with Macron, the deal will facilitate the French and Indian armed forces to receive logistical support, supplies and services from each other during authorised port visits, joint exercises, joint training, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts.

Other strategic deals include an agreement on the Prevention of Illicit Consumption and Reduction of Illicit Traffic in narcotics. The agreement will have a direct bearing on terror financing which is largely dependent on narcotics and illicit drug trade. Both India and France agreed on common security regulations applicable to any exchange of classified and protected information.

An agreement between Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd and EDF, France, was signed to prescribe a way forward for the implementation of the 9900 MW Jaitapur nuclear power project at Madban village of Ratnagiri district in Maharashtra. Agreements in the field of education, environment, urban development and railways were also signed in the presence of the two leaders.

Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement and facilitation of Mutual Recognition of Academic Qualifications were the two pacts inked to strengthen the ties between the two nations in the education arena.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Central National D’EtudesSpatiales (CNES) signed an Implementing Arrangement which will enable the two countries to provide end-to-end solution for detection, identification and monitoring of vessels in their respective regions of interest, which in India’s case is the strategically important Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

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