Delhi (News Trust of India) : French President Emmanuel Macron, selected as the honored guest for this year’s Republic Day, is planned to arrive in Jaipur today. His schedule includes an interesting tour with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, showcasing the combination of cultural beauty and political importance.
Emmanuel Macron, the main guest of Republic Day, is expected to visit Jaipur on Thursday during his two-day trip to India.
The start of Macron’s busy day in Jaipur will take place at Amer Fort, where a carefully planned cultural event awaits him.
After his meeting at the Fort, he will go to Jantar Mantar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to have a conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A stately tour around the medieval enclave, pulsating with French historical ties, is on the program. Significantly, Jantar Mantar is recognized as the world’s biggest observatory and contains the largest stone sundial.
Historical documents indicate that in 1734, two French Jesuit astronomers stationed at the Chandannagar mission were warmly welcomed by Sawai Jai Singh, the visionary builder of Jaipur.
The Jantar Mantar collection consists of 19 astronomy instruments, which demonstrate the scientific vision of Sawai Jai Singh.
Afterwards, PM Modi and Macron will start a joint tour from Jantar Mantar to Sanganeri Gate, with a planned halt at Hawa Mahal.
A lovely moment is set to emerge at Hawa Mahal, followed by possible trips to a handicraft store and a tea establishment. The pair will then visit the esteemed Albert Hall Museum.
The day’s conclusion awaits at Rambagh Palace, where PM Modi will play host to a private supper for Macron. Post soirée, the French President will journey to Delhi for the Republic Day parade.
A comprehensive briefing is set for 5:15 pm on Thursday.
Preparations were in full gear on Wednesday, as Rajasthan Police and Jaipur administration arranged rehearsals in anticipation of Macron’s visit to the Pink City.
Upon his Delhi visit, Macron will grace the Republic Day procession at Kartavya Path as the esteemed chief guest. The French Army will be in attendance, signifying a symbolic participation in this year’s Republic Day parade.
Macron stands as the sixth French leader (fifth president) conferred with the privilege of being the chief guest at India’s Republic Day, following in the footsteps of predecessors like François Hollande, Nicolas Sarkozy, Jacques Chirac, and Valery Giscard d’Estaing.
Post-parade, Macron will visit the French Embassy for a meeting with the workers. Evening activities include a visit to Rashtrapati Bhavan for the ‘At Home’ ceremony, ending in an official banquet meal.
Macron’s visit serves as the crescendo to the 25th-anniversary celebrations of the strategic alliance between India and France. Expectations are wild for important announcements in the realms of defense, strategic collaboration, and more.
The Republic Day invitation to Macron shows the rising synergy between the two nations, spanning defense, security, clean energy, trade, investment, and cutting-edge technologies.
Macron’s entourage comprises ministers, CEOs, and stars from the cultural and scientific sectors, underscoring the comprehensive nature of the bilateral relationship.
A reciprocal commitment to cooperation enterprises in sophisticated defense technologies, with a focus on assisting third nations, highlights the common vision for the future.