PM Modi meets French Prez Macron, discusses regional and global developments

Paris: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met French President Emmanuel Macron here on Wednesday and mentioned problems with bilateral and mutual pursuits in addition to regional and world developments, amid Russia’s aggression in opposition to Ukraine.

“PM @narendramodi and President @EmmanuelMacron meet in Paris. This meeting will add momentum to the India-France friendship,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted together with {a photograph} of Modi and Macron hugging one another.
Macron held a tete-a-tete with Modi earlier than the delegation-level talks on the Elysee Palace – the official residence of the French President.

“A meeting between two friends. An opportunity to translate the renewed mandate of President @EmmanuelMacron into a renewed momentum for the India-France Strategic partnership,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted.

Modi, who arrived here from Denmark on the final leg of his three-nation Europe tour, will maintain intensive talks with Macron, who was re-elected to the highest publish over a week back. His go to comes amid the Ukraine disaster, which has united a lot of Europe in opposition to Russia.

The two leaders are additionally anticipated to debate how to make sure cessation of hostilities in Ukraine and mitigate the worldwide financial consequences of this battle.

On Tuesday, Macron spoke together with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and urged Moscow to rise to the extent of its accountability as a permanent member of the US Security Council by ending this devastating aggression, an Elysee statement mentioned.

The Ukraine problem additionally figured prominently on the second India-Nordic summit attended by Prime Minister Modi and his counterparts from Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark in Copenhagen on Wednesday.

Modi has mentioned that India believes no nation would emerge victorious within the Russia-Ukraine struggle as all will undergo losses and there can be a “more serious” impact on developing and poor nations.

Another focus area of the talks can be to unitedly cope with the challenges within the Indo-Pacific, amid China flexing muscles within the area.

Soon after his arrival here, Modi in a tweet described France as one among India’s strongest companions, with each nations cooperating in diverse areas.

Diplomatic sources mentioned Modi’s meeting with Macron days after his election victory is very symbolic. It sends a strong sign that the 2 leaders need to make the Indo-French partnership a guideline of their international policy for the years to come back, they mentioned.

It’s additionally an indication of the extent of personal chemistry between the 2 leaders, which supplies impetus to our joint actions throughout all fields of cooperation, they mentioned.

Modi can be among the many first few world leaders to fulfill President Macron after his re-election last week. He had congratulated Macron after his re-election. “I look forward to continue working together to deepen the India-French Strategic Partnership,” Modi had tweeted.

His visit comes in the course of the French presidency of the European Union. It additionally coincides with the 75 years of diplomatic relations between India and France.

This is Modi’s fifth visit to France after August 2019, June 2017, November 2015 and April 2015.

Macron visited India in March 2018. Both leaders additionally met on the sidelines of the G20 Rome Summit in October 2021, G20 Osaka Summit in June 2019 and G20 Buenos Aires Summit in December 2018.

India and France, that are strategic partners since 1998, have a multifaceted partnership throughout the spectrum in defence, civil nuclear, economic system, space and maritime safety, clear vitality and environment, counter-terrorism, people-to-people ties.

India and France are founding members of the International Solar Alliance introduced by Prime Minister Modi at UN Climate Change COP21 in November 2015.

Both the nations take pleasure in a robust economic partnership with a bilateral trade of USD 7.86 billion (2020-21) and cumulative Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) of USD 9.83 billion since April 2000.

Over a thousand French companies are present in India throughout sectors like defence, IT, consulting, engineering providers and heavy industries. Over 150 Indian companies in France make use of greater than 7,000 people. A thriving Indian diaspora in France deepens the cultural connect between each nations.

In an announcement earlier than leaving for Europe, Modi had mentioned: “President Macron has very recently been re-elected, and my visit just ten days after the result will not only allow me to convey my personal congratulations in-person, but also reaffirm the close friendship between the two countries. This will also give us the opportunity to set the tone of the next phase of the India-France Strategic Partnership.”

“President Macron and I will share assessments on various regional and global issues and will take stock of ongoing bilateral cooperation. It is my firm belief that two countries that share such similar vision and values for the global order, must work in close cooperation with each other,” he had mentioned.

Modi, who arrived right here from Copenhagen, held “productive talks” together with his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen on Tuesday and in addition attended a business summit to discuss financial linkages.

Prime Minister Modi on Wednesday attended the second India-Nordic summit that primarily centered on post-pandemic financial restoration, local weather change, renewable vitality and the evolving world security scenario.

On the sidelines of the summit, Prime Minister Modi held separate bilateral conferences together with his counterparts from Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland.

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