Paris, April 10 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in France on the first leg of a three-nation visit, was on Friday accorded a ceremonial welcome here.
Modi arrived here on Thursday night on board his special aircraft on a two-day official visit.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was present during the ceremonial reception accorded to Modi at the large courtyard of the seventh century Les Invalides, which houses a military museum.
After the ceremony, Modi accompanied by Fabius proceeded to attend two back-to-back French CEOs forum meetings, one on infrastructure and the other on defence technology.
Modi also visited the Unesco headquarters where he given a speech.
Later, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met French President Francois Hollande at
the Elysee Palace and the two leaders discussed issues of mutual interest.
During the course of the talks, the French president also expressed shock at the release of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi from a Pakistani jail.
“Release on bail of terrorist accused of heinous crime of Mumbai terrorist attack is deeply shocking- Prez@fhollande,” Syed Akbaruddin, spokesman of India’s external affairs ministry, tweeted.
Modi arrived in France on Thursday on the first leg of his three-nation tour, which will also take him to Germany and Canada.
After the talks between the two leaders, a number of agreements are set to be inked between the two countries.
The two leaders will go on a boat ride on the Seine river, for a “nav pe charcha” (chat on a boat). Modi will also attend a banquet hosted in his honour by Hollande.
Modi arrived to a red carpet welcome on Thursday night and was received by Thierry Braillard, minister of state for sports, according to a tweet by the Indian embassy in Paris.
Modi also interacted with a large number of the Indian community who were present at the airport to greet him.