New Delhi, Jan 24: French President Nicolas Sarkozy will arrive in India tomorrow on a two-day official visit. He will be the chief guest for this year's Republic Day Celebrations. Sarkozy will also meet the Indian leadership and discuss on several issues of bilateral and multilateral importance. Sarkozy is expected to discuss the possibility of civil nuclear cooperation between France and India. The intention of civil nuclear cooperation was spelt out in a joint statement after summit talks between the two countries in 2005-06.
The document on civil nuclear cooperation will, however, not be signed as France is awaiting the finalisation of a safeguards agreement between India and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and a change of rules of the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). Both sides will outline plans to enhance economic ties. A high level delegation will accompany the French President.