PM Modi’s wide-ranging talks with Prez Macron; here’s all you need to know

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently on a three-nation tour, arrived in Paris for bilateral meetings with his French counterpart Edouard Philippe and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held wide-ranging talks with French President Emmanuel Macron during which the two leaders discussed issues of bilateral and mutual interests to further boost the comprehensive strategic partnership.

“This visit will add to the ground covered during previous interactions with the French leadership,” Modi wrote on Twitter ahead of his talks with Macron at Chateau de Chantilly, one of the finest jewels of French cultural heritage, located about 50km north of Paris.

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In a joint press statement after the talks, President Macron said that Prime Minister Modi briefed him about the recent decision taken by India on Jammu and Kashmir and that it is in their sovereignty.

“I told him that India and Pakistan will have to find a solution to the issue and no third party should interfere or incite violence in the region,” Macron said.

He said that peace should be maintained in the region and peoples’ rights should be protected.

“I will also speak to Pakistan Prime Minister after a few days and tell him that the talks should be held bilaterally,” the French president said.

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In his departure statement, the prime minister said his visit to France reflects the strong strategic partnership which the two countries deeply value and share. “India and France have excellent bilateral ties, which are reinforced by a shared vision to cooperate for further enhancing peace and prosperity for our two countries and the world at large,” the prime minister said.

He said the strong strategic and economic partnership is complemented by a shared perspective on major global concerns such as terrorism and climate change. “I am confident that this visit will further promote our long-standing and valued friendship with France for mutual prosperity, peace and progress,” Modi said.

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