NEW DELHI: France on Saturday said it fully supports India’s fight against terrorism, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi said is one of the biggest challenges that the world is facing today.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi today met President Macron and discussed issues of international and mutual interests including ways to enhance the strategic ties, countering terrorism and climate change.
“A meeting to mark a new warmth and friendship. PM Narendra Modi meets new French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted along with some pictures of the two leaders.
Modi arrived in France from Russia, where 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.
On Paris agreement, PM Modi said that it is a shared legacy of the world and it will benefit the future generations as well.
“Paris Agreement reflects our duty towards protecting the Earth and our natural resources. For us, this is an article of faith,” PM Modi said.
Macron too echoed PM Modi’s views.
“France committed to fighting climate change and will continue, not only within framework of Paris accord also in actions we are implementing,” he said.
PM Modi also highlighted that the India and France enjoy deep-rooted ties.
“Our nations have been working together for a very long time, bilaterally and multilaterally. Be it trade and technology, innovation and investment, energy, education and enterprise, we want to give a boost to India-France ties,” the Prime Minister said, adding, “We want to improve the cultural relations between India and France. Several Indians fought in the first two world wars for world peace.”
PM Modi also appreciated the positivity of President Macron towards the International Solar Alliance.
Meanwhile, President Macron will be travelling to India by end of the year and will convene a meeting of the world solar alliance.
France is India’s 9th largest investment partner. France is also a key partner in India’s development initiatives in areas like defence, space, nuclear and renewable energy, urban development and railways.
Prime Minister Modi had also called up Macron to congratulate him on his poll victory and said he looked forward to work with him to further deepen the bilateral ties.
39-year-old Macron created history last month by becoming the youngest president of France.