PM Narendra Modi to have 'naav pe charcha' with French President Francois Hollande today

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New Delhi, April 10: After winning hearts over his popular "chai pe charcha", Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to have a 'nav pe charcha' (tete atete on boat) with French President Francois Hollande on Friday.

Modi and Hollande will go on a cruise on the La Seine river that flows through Paris. [Modi to have 'Naav Pe Charcha' with French President]


India's Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar also confirmed that both the leaders will interact with each other during a boat ride, which is being described as a sort of "nav pe charcha".

The two leaders will have the boat ride after their detailed discussions which will focus on cooperation in the areas of civil nuclear energy, defence, space and trade.

Modi's plane Air India One touched down at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris on late Thursday night.

He was received at the airport by French Minister Sergolene Royal and other senior French officials. Many members of the Indian community were gathered at the airport to greet the prime minister.

He was given a ceremonial welcome in the French capital. He will have diplomatic engagements with Hollande from Friday.

PM Modi is also scheduled to address United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), after which he will attend a lunch hosted by the National Assembly president.

During his four-day stay in France, Modi will hold two back-to-back round-tables with top French CEOs -- one focused on infrastructure and the other on defence technology.

Prime Minister will also visit the World War-I memorial and pay tributes to about 10,000 Indians who lost their lives while fighting alongside France. He will also Airbus facility and French space agency office.


India is hoping that French companies will participate in the 'Make in India' programme initiated by Modi.

Modi, who knows how to strike a chord with the world leaders earlier engaged with the US President Barack Obama over "chai pe charcha" at Hyderabad House, when he visited India in January to attend Republic Day celebrations. [PM Modi serves tea to US President, Obama says Thank you for the 'chai pe charcha']

In September 2014, Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe had hosted a traditional tea at Akasaka Palace for his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, in Tokyo ahead of summit-level talks. [Modi's Japan Visit and Why it is Critical for India]

Modi also treated Chinese President Xi Jinping on a traditional swing on the Sabarmati River front in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. [Xi Jinping invites Narendra Modi to visit his hometown Xian in China]

After wrapping up the first leg of his tour, Modi will leave for Germany on April 12, where business and technology will be the focus his engagements aimed at attracting participation in the 'Make in India' campaign .

In the third and last leg of his tour, Modi will travel to Canada, marking the first standalone visit by an Indian Prime Minister in over 42 years.

Modi's three-nation tour will focus on boosting trade and economic ties, including in defence and railways.


Modi earlier said his eight-day visit was focused on supporting India's national economic agenda, especially job creation for the youth.

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