Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron met on Thursday for the fifth time ahead of G7 Summit in Biarritz. The delivery of Rafale fighter jets was one of the key areas of discussion between the two leaders
Shoulder to shoulder to protect freedom and democracy
Climate change, cybersecurity, defence, space cooperation, and Kashmir were in the spotlight as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday met for the fifth time ahead of G7 Summit in Biarritz.
"Our friendship rests not on selfishness, but solid ideas of 'Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity'. This is the reason why India and France have stood shoulder to shoulder to protect freedom and democracy," Modi said.
Rafale fighter jets to be delivered in September
The two leaders also announced the delivery timeline of the Rafale fighter jets in September.
PM Modi praised Paris's support to deal with cross border terror.
In his response, the French President while mentioning the Pulwama attack said, "will work together to eradicate the scourge (terrorism)."
Discussion on the Kashmir issue
On Kashmir, Macron said India and Pakistan should resolve the issue bilaterally and ruled out third party mediation.
Macron said that he will tell Pakistani PM Imran Khan to solve the issue bilaterally with India and maintain stability in the region adding that no terror activities should happen.
'There are matters in which India's presence is important'
PM Modi will also participate in 45th G7 summit in Biarritz on August 25 and 26.
"We spoke on G7. I wanted India to be a part of G7. I have changed some parts about how G7 is organised," President Macron said, adding, "there are several matters in which we can't move without India, there are matters in which India's presence is important."
'Priority to talk about climate change with PM Modi'
On India's participation at G7, Macron said, "It is a priority for us to talk about climate change and we will talk about it even during G7 meet. India has been very supportive and we need to go ahead with all other nations, to stop carbon emission and protect the environment."
Macron said it was a priority to talk about climate change with India's prime minister.
Strategic partnership between India and France
PM Modi emphasised on strategic partnership between India and France while addressing the joint press conference as he thanked the French president for the warm welcome accorded to him in Paris.