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Joint Statement issued during the State Visit of President of France to India (Archived)

February 14, 2013

1. At the invitation of Prime Minister of India, the President of the French Republic paid a state visit to India on 14-15 February 2013. Dr. Manmohan Singh and Mr. Francois Hollande had detailed and useful discussions on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.

2. Reaffirming that, fifteen years after the launch of the Franco-Indian strategic partnership in 1998, the bilateral relationship has been steadily strengthening, widening in scope and has reached exemplary level, the Leaders agreed on a robust framework for its future development.

3. France and India have similar vision based on common shared values, relating to democracy, rule of law, civil liberties, fundamental freedoms and respect for human rights.

4. Reaffirming their independence and strategic autonomy, France and India confirmed their commitment towards a strengthened multilateralism. They seek a world at peace, in accordance with the UN Charter.

5. With the support of both Indian and French people, France and India will take their relationship to even higher heights across the board, in a long term perspective.

6. As global strategic partners, India and France consult each other on all international matters in a spirit of mutual understanding, respect, trust, and support, taking account of respective security interests.

7. France and India reaffirm the need to reform the United Nations, and, in particular, the UN Security Council so as to make it more representative. France expresses anew its support to India acceding to a permanent seat in an enlarged UNSC at the earliest. France also reiterates its support to India joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group and other export controls bodies.

8. On the 100th anniversary of the First World War in 2014, France will pay tribute to the Indian armed forces, in remembrance of their soldiers who fought and died for France’s freedom.

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9. The Leaders agreed to give further impetus to the Strategic Partnership;

10. In the field of defence, the Leaders reaffirmed their continued interest to enhance bilateral cooperation which is an important pillar of their strategic partnership and reflects their common determination to work for global peace and security.

11. The Leaders welcomed the ongoing exercises between their Armies (Shakti), Navies (Varuna) and Air Forces (Garuda) and confirmed their willingness to further bilateral defence cooperation, by continuing to conduct such interactions.

12. The Leaders reiterated their desire to cooperate in high technology programmes and projects in the defence sector which would include joint research and development and transfer of technology. In this connection, the Leaders noted that the projects for the Scorpene submarine and upgrade of the Mirage 2000 are moving forward and steps are being taken for early finalization of the SRSAM Project. Both sides noted the ongoing progress of negotiations on the MMRCA programme and look forward to their conclusion. The Leaders reaffirmed their interest in continuing their cooperation in combating piracy in the Gulf of Aden and other areas.

13. In space, the Leaders agreed to move forward, after the success of Megha-Tropiques satellite launch in October 2011 and the upcoming SARAL satellite launch. Both satellites contribute significantly to environmental and maritime survey purposes.

14. As next step, the Leaders acknowledged the ambitious follow-on space cooperation proposals drawn by the space agencies as an outcome of successful Science Seminar and Research and Technology Workshop held at Bangalore during February 5-6 2013.

15. In the field of energy, the Leaders expressed satisfaction in regard to ongoing collaborative projects in R&D on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and agreed to further strengthen bilateral civil nuclear scientific cooperation. Recalling the Memorandum of Understanding signed on 4 February 2009 between NPCIL and AREVA for setting up of 6 x 1650 MWe EPR units at Jaitapur, the Leaders reviewed the status in regard to the first two EPR units and noted that NPCIL and AREVA were engaged actively in techno-commercial discussions. They expressed hope for the expeditious conclusion of the negotiations. It was emphasized that the Nuclear Power Plant at Jaitapur would incorporate the highest safety standards.

16. On climate change, the Leaders agreed to remain engaged under the Durban Platform for favour an ambitious, development-oriented, inclusive response, in preparation for equitable and comprehensive outcome under the UNFCCC at COP21

17. In the security and counter terrorism fields, close consultations and cooperation have been established. No compromise is possible with terrorists. India and France are determined to support each other when facing this scourge. Cross border terrorism needs to be addressed at the multilateral level by supporting initiatives in the framework of the UN such as the draft Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.

18. In this context, the two sides recognized that terrorism poses the main threat to Afghanistan’s security and stability, as well as the need for joint concerted efforts and cooperation by countries of the region to effectively counter it, including dismantling terrorist sanctuaries and safe havens, beyondAfghanistan’s border, disrupting financial and tactical support being provided to terrorist groups. The Leaders expressed commitment to the key principles for a peaceful interafghan dialogue : acceptance of the Afghan Constitution, renunciation to violence and breaking links with terrorism. They expressed support for free, fair and transparent elections in 2014 and 2015. Both sides agreed that Pakistan must abide by its commitment to expeditiously bring all the perpetrators of Mumbai terror attacks to justice. Both Leaders also reiterated their strong support for ongoing efforts aimed at defeating terrorism in Mali, preserving Mali’s territorial integrity, re-establishing a fully sovereign democratic government in Mali, and to contributing strongly to Mali’s national reconstruction and sustainable economic development.

19. Both sides shall act with utmost dedication in the fight against the illicit traffic of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances through a specific bilateral agreement. We shall also expand our dialogue to high-tech criminality and cyber-threats.

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20. The Leaders agreed to encourage closer people –to-people contact, through inter alia, easing mobility and human exchanges and promoting education, science and cultural cooperation as well as expanding trade and investment.

21. To this end, both sides have decided:

- to promote an ambitious and balanced Free Trade Agreement between India and the EU based on reciprocity and mutual benefit which will boost our bilateral economic relationship;

- to establish an annual bilateral dialogue between the two Finance Ministries on economic and financial issues

- to foster comprehensive sustainable urban development cooperation, including infrastructure, transport, water, waste management as well as urban planning;

- to give an impetus to the cooperation on railways between Indian and French railways; a Memorandum of Understanding between Ministry of Railways and SNCF (French National Railways) has been agreed in this regard;

- to facilitate and support investments from French companies into India and Indian companies into France which contribute to growth and employment in both countries;

-to foster people mobility between the two countries. To that end, both sides noted the progress in the negotiations of a bilateral agreement on people mobility and migration, with a view to conclude them as soon as possible;

- to build up an ambitious education plan, including twining of higher education institutions, mutual recognition of degrees, research collaborations and training of teachers. A Letter of Intent and several agreements between Indian and French Universities and Institutions have been signed in this regard. We encourage greater student exchanges between both countries;

- to bolster research, technology and innovation between our research institutions, universities and business. To that end, we decided to launch the "Raman-Charpak Fellowship” which will enable exchange of doctoral students between the two countries and, in order to broaden the scope and depth of future engagements in science, technology and innovation, we have concluded several memorandum of understanding and letter of intent between Institutions. Both sides noted with satisfaction the silver jubilee celebrations of the bi-national Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research. It was also noted with satisfaction that France will be the partner country for the 2013 Global Technology Summit to be held in New Delhi;

- to encourage even deeper cultural links through i.e. the "Bonjour India” festival of France and the "Namaste France” festival of India at a future date and a new cultural exchanges program as well as museum and heritage cooperation. India will be the Guest Country at the "Festival de Cannes" in 2013 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Indian Cinema. The "Musée du Louvre” will organise an exhibition in India around 2016.

New Delhi

14 February 2013

List of Documents signed during the State Visit of President of France to India, February 14-15, 2013

A. Documents signed at ceremony following delegation level talks

S.No Name French Signatory Indian Signatory Remarks
1. Cultural Exchange Programme between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the French Republic for 2013-2015 Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister for Foreign Affairs AND Ms. Aurelie Filippetti, Minister for Culture and Communication Smt Chandresh Kumari Katoch, Minister of Culture Both sides have agreed to:
(i) Intensify cooperation in cultural and intellectual areas
(ii) Foster exchanges between artists, architects, cultural stakeholders, students, teachers, researchers, sportspersons in order to encourage Indo-French Projects Encourage people-to-people contacts
2. Letter of Intent on the Intensification of Cooperation in the Fields of Education, Higher Education and Research between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the French Republic Ms. Genevieve Fioraso, Minister for Higher Education and Research Shri M.M. Pallam Raju, Human Resource Development Minister The LoI covers areas of University and Scientific Cooperation and Enhancement of Cooperation in Education including Technical and Vocational Education Training and institution of consultation mechanism.
3. Statement of Intent for long-term cooperation in Space Mr. Yannick d’Escatha, President, Centre National d'Études Spatiales Shri K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO and CNES have jointly identified the following means to pursue further cooperation including possibilities through Missions, Payloads and Applications; exchange of young Scientists and Professionals in France and in India; conducting thematic workshops etc.,
4. Joint Statement to follow-up and strengthen co-operation in the railway sector between the Minister of Foreign Trade and the Minister of Transportation, Sea and Fishing of the French Republic and the Minister of Railways of the Republic of India Ms. Nicole Bricq, Minister for Foreign Trade ANDMr. Frédéric Cuvillier, Minister of Transportation, Sea and Fishing Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal, Minister of Railways Aims at strengthening cooperation in the field of upgradation of railway stations, high speed corridors and the modernisation of the railway network


B. Documents on Science and Technology and Education signed on the sidelines of the meeting:

  • Letter of Intent towards a Memorandum of Understanding between Delhi University and Sciences Po, ParisThe Sciences Po - Delhi University partnership aims at creating a large student (master and PhD) and scientists exchange programme opened to a large number of colleges and departments. The partnership also aims at accompanying the reform movement of Delhi University, through the creation of a credit transfer system, thus supporting Delhi University's internationalisation
  • Memorandum of Understanding on a scholarship programme involving Michelin, Ecole Centrale de Nantes and a consortium of Indian Institutions of Higher EducationThe partnership between Michelin, a major investor in India, Ecole Centrale de Nantes and a consortium of Indian Institutions of higher education (IITs, Institutions of National Importance, and Central Universities) aims at funding scholarships and fellowships for students at the master’s and doctorate levels to undertake a course of studies at the Ecole Centrale de Nantes
  • Memorandum of Understanding on the ERASMUS MUNDUS Program entitled "Heritage” between 8 European institutions and 7 Indian Institutions, coordinated by Ecole Centrale de Nantes and IIT MadrasThe partnership between 8 European Institutions of higher learning led by Ecole Centrale de Nantes and a consortium of Indian Institutions of higher education led by IIT Madras, will allow the funding of student and scientist mobility for the next three years, through EU funds with an emphasis on engineering and scientific projects.
  • Letter of Intent towards a scholarship programme between HEC (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales) and IIM (Indian Institute of Management) Bangalore, funded by French corporate Altran (innovation and high tech engineering consulting) The agreement between long term partners HEC and IIM Bangalore, with the support of French corporate group Altran, aims at strengthening the ties between the two institutions by starting a "Professional Mentoring Scheme” for those students participating in their existing exchange programme.
  • MoU General Framework Agreement CNRS - Indian Institute of Science (IISc), BangaloreBoth CNRS and IISc are willing to cooperate in the fields of research, development, education, training, transfer of technology and dissemination of knowledge on long term non-commercial basis. They recognize the importance of establishing a close cooperative relationship with a view to the further development of both institutions. This agreement aims to facilitate exchange of Scientists and faculties, and new research projects.
  • MoU AREVA PhD Grant fellowship agreement with IIT Bombay AREVA SA and Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT B) have agreed to enter into a framework agreement to collaborate for R&D projects in a variety of domains relating to AREVA's Research and Development activities. This collaboration covers mainly development of products and services in the field of nuclear fuel cycle, Nuclear reactor design and construction, Renewable energy and Energy storage for deployment and industrialisation of these technologies. AREVA will finance and support IIT B PhD students who would work on the R&D projects, through this AREVA PhD Grant fellowship agreement.
  • MoU between Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Embassy of France:The MoU aims at collaboration in teaching and training in French Language.
  • Agreement of Partnership between Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) And Ecole Centrale de Nantes (ECN), France on Academic and Research Collaboration The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) and the Ecole Centrale de Nantes (ECN) are mutually interested in enlarging and broadening their cooperation and establishing collaboration in academic and research-related activities.
  • Letter of Intent on the second phase of a support fund for student and faculty mobility between ParisTech and a consortium of seven IITs The LoI aims at exchange programme of Under Graduates and post Graduates and joint research.
  • Letter Of Intent Between St Gobain Research India And Indo-French Centre For The Promotion Of Advanced ResearchThe aim of the LoI is to create a new innovation programme called "sustainable habitat for hot and/or humid climates”. The main topics covered by this program will be:
    • Sensing and monitoring building and analyzing energy consumption of various buildings in various climates and characterize building energy envelop.
    • Develop Sustainable and affordable building materials solutions, including but not limited to cooling methods and lighting, with alternate and regionally available material solutions.
  • Memorandum of Understanding between Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) This MOU is aimed at Cooperation between the two institutions which may be established within any field of mutual interest related to science and technology.
  • Letter of Intent between INSERM – AVIESAN (Alliance pour les sciences de la VIE et de la Santé) and Institut National du Cancer, French Republic and Max Institute of Health Education and Research, Republic of IndiaINCa and Max Institute of Health Education and Research desire to enhance bilateral projects on cancer research (for instance in the areas of epidemiology, biochemistry, proteomics, and genetics of cancer) and public health.
  • Letter of Intent for an Indo French Laboratory on liver diseases-Inserm and Institute for Liver and Biliary Sciences, Delhi This Letter of Intent sets the general understanding of the two institutions to set up this Indo-French International Associated Laboratory entitled "Transcriptomics and Metabolomics for the Development of Indo-French Research on Severe Liver Diseases" during the year 2013, after completion and signature of the dedicated agreement establishing the terms and conditions of its implementation.
  • General Framework Agreement Oseo- Technology Development Board (TDB) This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aims to establish a collaborative framework under which Oséo and TDB may carry out activities related to the exchanging of best practices and the setting up of coordinated measures to foster technological exchanges and innovation collaborations between companies, organizations and institutions of France and India. These activities can include, but are not limited to : Exchanges, Facilitation of relations among companies, organizations and institutions, Funding of collaborative innovation projects, Coordinated financial instruments
  • Letter of Intent between Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS -Paris) and the Chennai Mathematical Institute, towards an exchange programme involving students, academics and researchers
  • Letter of Intent between Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS -Paris) and the Delhi University, towards an exchange programme involving students, academics and researchers
  • Double Master's degree between Ecole des Mines de Nantes and University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES)C. Agreements signed separately during the visit:
  • Credit Facility Agreement (CFA) for the Bangalore Metro Rail Project, Phase-I, between Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance of India, and AFD, the French Development Agency.
  • MoU between the Ministry of Railways of the Republic of India and the French National Railways (SNCF) on Technical Cooperation in the field of Railway Sector
New Delhi
February 14, 2013

 

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