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Defence Cooperation Strong Pillar Of Bilateral Ties, France Important Partner In ‘Make In India’: PM Modi

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Paris [France], July 14 (ANI): Noting that defence ties have been a strong pillar of relations between India and France and a symbol of the deep trust, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday talked about the possibilities of co-development and said the two countries together want to fulfill “not just ours but also requirements of other friendly countries”.

Addressing a joint press conference with President Emmanuel Macron, PM Modi said France is an important partner in ‘Make in India’ and ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ initiatives. “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 said.

The Prime Minister noted that the two countries are celebrating 25 years of strategic partnership.

“We are making a roadmap for the next 25 years on the basis of the strong foundation of the previous 25 years. Bold and ambitious goals are being set for this. People of India have taken the resolve to make ourselves a developed nation. In this journey, we see France as a natural partner,” he said.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met thought leaders and some prominent business people during the second day of his visit to France.

Modi in France

He met prominent aerospace engineer and pilot Thomas Pesquet and Chanel CEO Leena Nair. He also met Charlotte Chopin, a yoga practitioner who will turn 100 soon.

PM Modi attended the Bastille Day Parade on France’s National Day as the guest of honour at the invitation of President Emmanuel Macron. The majestic parade, which had participation from contingents from Indian armed forces, took place under bright and sunny skies at Champs-Élysées in Paris. (ANI)

The insignia of Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor were awarded to Narendra Modi on Thursday evening at a reception at the Élysée Palace

The award “pays tribute to the Prime Minister’s role in the excellent relationship of friendship and trust that unites France and India”, announced the Élysée Palace. Narendra Modi is the guest of honor at the Fête nationale.

“It is with great humility that I accept the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor,” the highest distinction a French president can bestow, Narendra Modi reacted on Twitter. “I thank President Emmanuel Macron, the government and the people of France for this gesture. It shows their deep affection for India and their determination to promote friendship with our nation,” he added.

The insignia of Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor were awarded to Narendra Modi on Thursday evening at a reception at the Élysée Palace. The Indian Prime Minister arrived in Paris midday for a two-day official visit.

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