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Defence ties most important pillar of India-France relation: PM Modi

PM Modi In France: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the most important pillar between India and France relation is the defence ties. Addressing a joint press meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at Elysee Palace in Paris, PM Modi said that India and France are celebrating 25 years of strategic partnership, and […]

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Jul 14, 2023 22:15 IST
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Defence ties most important pillars of India-France relation: PM Modi
Defence ties most important pillars of India-France relation: PM Modi

PM Modi In France: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the most important pillar between India and France relation is the defence ties.

Addressing a joint press meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at Elysee Palace in Paris, PM Modi said that India and France are celebrating 25 years of strategic partnership, and also making a roadmap for the next 25 years on the basis of the strong foundation of the previous 25 years.

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“Defence ties have always been the basic foundation of our relations. This is a symbol of the deep trust between the two nations. France is an important partner in Make in India and Aatmanirbhar Bharat. Be it submarines or Indian Naval ships, together we want to fulfill not just ours but also the requirements of other friendly countries,” he claimed.

PM Modi also talked about the successful launch of Chandrayaan3. “This is a major achievement of our scientists. In the arena of space, India and France have had an old and deep cooperation. There have been new agreements between our space agencies…We can enhance our cooperation in areas like Space-based Maritime Domain Awareness,” he added.

“We will open a new Indian Consulate in the city of Marseille. We welcome the decision to grant long-term visas to people of Indian origin studying in France. I invite French universities to set up their campuses in India. Indian athletes are excited to participate in next year’s Paris Olympics,” said PM Modi.

“I welcome the long-term agreement between Indian Oil and France’s Total company to export Liquefied natural gas (LNG), it will help in achieving our target of clean energy transition,” said PM Modi.

“Yesterday French President Emmanuel Macron conferred me with the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour, the highest award in France. It is not my honour but the honour of 140 crore people of the country,” stated PM Modi.

However, French President Emmanuel Macron said, “We can’t forget the youth…By 2030, we want to send 30,000 French students there (to India). For the young Indians who want to pursue higher education in France, we want to make a conducive visa policy.”

“I was proud to see the Punjab Regiment here in the heart of Paris (at the Bastille Day parade). We are going ahead on the basis of a historic trust. Together we can find solutions for global crises,” French President Emmanuel Macron added.

First published on: Jul 14, 2023 10:13 PM IST

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