Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with the newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron. The two sides enhanced bilateral strategic ties and discussed key issues like terrorism and climate change.
“Paris agreement reflects our duty towards protecting the Earth. For us, this is an article of faith,” said PM Modi at a joint press conference after the talks.
While Prime Modi reiterated that he will do whatever possible for strengthening the EU, French President vowed to support India at all international fora including on NSG and terrorism.
Earlier, Prime Minister Modi was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Presidential Palace, where French president Macron welcomed him. Other than the summit meeting, the two leaders had a restricted meeting with a view to develop good personal ties.
As the French president is newly elected, Prime Minister Modi chose to discuss with him certain issues related to the strategic understanding that has evolved between the two countries over the last three years.
PM Modi reached France after wrapping up his visit to Russia during which he held talks with President Vladimir Putin and attended an international economic forum. Before Russia, Modi also visited Germany and Spain and held talks with the top leadership there.
“I would be exchanging views with the French President on important global issues including UN Security Council reforms and India’s permanent membership of the UN Security Council, India’s membership of the various multilateral export control regimes, counter-terrorism cooperation, collaboration on climate change and International Solar Alliance,” PM Modi had said ahead of his visit to Paris.
France is India’s 9th largest investment partner. It is also a key partner in India’s development initiatives in areas like defence, space, nuclear and renewable energy, urban development and railways.
(With inputs from PTI)