Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu is leaving for Paris on Friday to represent India at the activities commemorating the centenary of the Armistice of World War I, it was officially announced on Thursday.

Heads of State or Government of over 50 countries and their representatives are expected to participate in the centenary activities.

On 11 November, Naidu will attend the ceremony to at Arc de Triomphe in Paris, presided over by French President, Emmanuel Macron.

As part of the Armistice Centenary, the French Government will also be hosting the Paris Peace Forum, which will take place in Paris from 11-13 November. The forum is envisioned as a recurring, annual event to promote governance solutions in five key areas: Peace and Security, Environment, Development, New Technologies, and Inclusive Economy. Naidu will speak at the high-level panel discussion titled, “Dialogue of the Continents on Global Governance”.

He will also address the Indian community on Friday and inaugurate the Indian War Memorial at Villers Guislain the next day. He will also hold a number of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the Paris Peace Forum.