Prime Minister Narendra Modi held far-reaching talks with French President Emmanuel Macron during which the two leaders discussed issues of mutual interests to further boost the strategic partnership.
“This visit will add to the ground covered during previous interactions with the French leadership,” Modi tweeted ahead of his talks with Macron.
“The two leaders held more than 90-minute long one-on-one meeting reviewing the entire gamut of our dynamic and multifaceted relationship,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. “Our strategic partnership is a very important pillar of our foreign policy,” he added. The one-on-one interaction was followed by the delegation-level talks.
“India and France enjoy extremely friendly ties and have been working together bilaterally and multilaterally for years,” PM Modi tweeted soon after his arrival.
The meeting was held at Chateau de Chantilly, a building of great historical significance in the French tradition, located in the town of Chantillyabout 50 km North of Paris.
“I am confident that this visit will further promote our long-standing and valued friendship with France for mutual prosperity, peace and progress,” PM Modi said.
During his two-day visit, PM Modi will also meet his French counterpart Edouard Philippe and interact with the Indian community. He will also dedicate a memorial to the Indian victims of the two Air India crashes in France in the 1950s and 1960s.
From France, Modi will travel to the United Arab Emirates where he will receive the ‘Order of Zayed’, the highest civilian decoration conferred by the UAE Government.