Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived in Paris on the last leg of his four-nation tour of Europe and met newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron with an aim to bolster the bilateral strategic ties and discuss key issues like terrorism and climate change. Both nations issued a joint declaration after the Modi-Macron meeting at the Elysee Palace, the official residence of the President of France. Global issues such as UN Security Council reforms and India’s permanent membership of the UN Security Council and counter-terrorism cooperation are likely to be discussed during the meeting.
Below are the highlights:
6.20 pm: President Macron confirmed that he will be travelling to India by end of the year and that they will convene a meeting of the world solar alliance: ANI
6.18 pm: President Macron insisted that France remains committed to fighting climate change and will continue to do the same not only within the framework of Paris accord but also in actions they are implementing: ANI
6.16 pm: PM Modi also appreciated the positivity of President Macron towards the International Solar Alliance.
6.15 pm: France fully supports India’s fight against terrorism, says President Emmanuel Macron.
6.05 pm: PM Modi reiterated that the menace of terrorism stands as one of the biggest challenges that the world is facing today.
6.04 pm: We have natural resources because our previous generations protected these resources. We must do the same for our future: PM Modi
6:03 pm: Paris Agreement reflects our duty towards protecting the Earth and our natural resources. For us, this is an article of faith: PM Modi
6.01 pm: Commenting on the United Nations climate deal, PM Modi said,”Paris Agreement is a shared legacy of the world. It will benefit the future generations as well.”
5.58 pm: 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
5.56 pm: Calling for a strong India-France relations, PM Modi said,”Be it trade and technology, innovation and investment, energy, education and enterprise, we want to give a boost to India-France ties.”
5.53 pm: Addressing a joint press meet, PM Modi said India and France enjoy deep-rooted ties and that both nations have been working together for a very long time, bilaterally and multilaterally.
5.47 pm: Prime Minister Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron are currently issuing joint statement at Elysee Palace in Paris.
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4.48 pm: “France is one of our most important Strategic Partners. I look forward to meeting President Macron and have discussions on issues of mutual interest,” Modi had said ahead of his visit to Paris.
4.45 pm: Prime Minister Modi is currently holding talks with French President Macron at Elysee Palace, the official residence of the President of France.
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