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PM Modi, French Prez discuss food security, civil nuclear collaboration

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held discussions with French President Emmanuel Macron on the issues of civil nuclear collaboration on the sidelines of the G20 Summit held in Bali, Indonesia.

Indo-France collaboration in various sectors

The two leaders reviewed ongoing collaboration in diverse areas like defence, civil nuclear, trade and investment. They also welcomed the deepening of cooperation in new areas of economic engagement. Regional and global issues of mutual interest were also discussed, read the Ministry of External Affairs press release.

The two leaders had “fruitful deliberations” on various issues, Prime Minister’s Office said in a tweet. PM Modi and French President Macron discussed how the two nations could strengthen defence ties and boost sustainable growth.

Sharing details regarding Modi’s meeting with Macron, Prime Minister’s Office tweeted, “PM @narendramodi and President @EmmanuelMacron held talks at the @g20org Summit in Bali. They had fruitful deliberations on a variety of subjects. The two leaders discussed how to enhance defence ties, further sustainable growth and increase economic cooperation.”

France hails its partnership with India

France termed its partnership with India as a major pillar of its Indo-Pacific strategy. France reiterated its commitment to fully support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat and defence industrialization, joint research and technology development in India across a wide range of advanced capabilities. France is one of India’s premier global and Indo-Pacific partners.

Both sides reaffirmed that their strategic partnership has a vital role in advancing peace, stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region.

They agreed to strengthen bilateral defence and security partnerships through enhanced intelligence and information sharing, operational cooperation, bolstering mutual capabilities, expanding bilateral exercises and pursuing new initiatives in maritime, space and cyber domains.

Building on the successful India-France initiative on International Solar Alliance, the two sides stressed the need to accelerate cooperation in clean energy, including civil nuclear energy and green hydrogen.

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