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France

Relations with India

5 February:India signed its first commercial nuclear deal with French nuclear giant Areva to build power plants and supply nuclear fuel.

14 July:India and France discussed cooperation in areas like atomic energy, defence and space as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh witnessed a magnificent parade as the chief guest at the French National Day with President Nicolas Sarkozy. 

15 July:The Indian and French navies conducted an operation to rescue a hijacked Indian dhow and its 14-member crew who were taken hostage by pirates near Somalia on 10 July.

17 July:Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told the Rajya Sabha that France had stated that it is ‘ready for full civilian nuclear cooperation with India’ and that it included enrichment and reprocessing technology (ENR). 

25 November:French Ambassador to India Jerome Bonnafont said that the ‘hottest area’ of French investment in India was nuclear energy and that France was excited about the MoU signed between the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and France’s nuclear company Areva.

Finland

Relations with India

26 November:India and Finland signed three agreements to boost cooperation in science and technology. Both the countries also decided to set up a Joint Business Council and address climate change. The agreements were signed during the India-Finland Technology Partnership Forum meeting in New Delhi.

Spain

Relations with India

20 April: India’s President Pratibha Patil arrived in Spain on a three-day state visit, the first by an Indian head of state. The visit was intended to strengthen ties on tackling terror and promoting bilateral trade and investments.

Poland

Relations with India

24 April: India and Poland signed two agreements at Warsaw during the visit of President Pratibha Patil – one on cooperation in healthcare and medicine, and the other on tourism.

Cyprus

Relations with India

31 October: India’s President Pratibha Patil paid a three days visit to Cyprus. During her visit, Cyprus President Demetris Christofias assured India of its continuing support for a permanent seat in the UNSC. The two countries also agreed on early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention against Terrorism that India had proposed to the UN in 1996.



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