French Foreign Minister Kouchner meets PM

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New Delhi, Dec 21: French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here on Friday. Kouchner is expected to chalk out the agenda of French President Nicolas Sarkozy when he visits India in January. Sarkozy will be the Chief Guest at next year's Republic Day function. French Foreign Minister also held talks with his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday.

He also met UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. Kouchner will also participate in a debate with NGOs on the theme of "International Solidarity for Health", where Labour Minister Oscar Fernandes, Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma are expected to be present. Kouchner is accompanied by his wife Christine Ockrent along with French Foreign Ministry officials. Kouchner will also visit Agra.

India and France have had a Strategic Partnership since 1998 that spans cooperation in a wide range of fields, including political, economic, defence and high technology areas like space and civilian nuclear energy.


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