Prime Minister Narendra Modi's forthcoming visit to France for G-7 Summit in August will give further boost to bilateral and strategic partnership between India and France, the visiting French Junior Foreign Minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne said here on Monday.
Mr Modi is to visit France for the crucial G-7 Summit in August. Mr Lemoyne, who is here on an official visit and met Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan and held talks on further deepening of the Indo-French strategic partnership, said Mr Modi's participation at the G-7 Summit will be vital and also could be a "very important moment" in boosting the ties.
France is now a key strategic partner in of India Europe, especially after President Emmanuel Macron seeking to assume leadership role in the continent. This is the first French ministerial visit after the formation of the new Indian government.
French deputy Foreign Minister is one of the first senior foreign dignitaries to visit India after the swearing in of the new government after the recent elections. BIMSTEC leaders and nation heads had come here for swearing in of Mr Modi and his council of ministers on May 30.
Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R Clarke Cooper also visited India last week.
President Macron and PM Modi have a strong relationship personally and that is why President Macron was "happy" to invite Mr Modi to join the G7 meet, sources said. The visit of Minister Lemoyne is seen as laying the groundwork for the visit of Prime Minister Modi on the occasion of the G7 Summit in Biarritz in France.