Trade, people-to-people ties at the forefront to deepen India-France relations

Buenos Aires: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on the third day of the 13th G20 state leader’s summit in Argentina, wherein the two leaders focused on trade and people-to-people ties to strengthen India-France relations.

Taking to his Twitter handle, the Prime Minister said, “Had an excellent meeting with President @EmmanuelMacron. We had wide-ranging discussions on ways to deepen and diversify the India-France strategic partnership, particularly by enhancing trade and people-to-people ties.”

During the meeting, Prime Minister Modi said that Macron’s visit to India in March was a “very important step” towards strengthening India-France ties.

“During your visit, the International Solar Alliance’s (ISA) Founding Conference (was held) and the momentum that it (Macron’s visit) gave to the ISA is unprecedented. We took the right steps in the right direction at the right time,” Prime Minister Modi said.

The Prime Minister said that it is a matter of “great pride” that the French President has given him an “open invitation” to come to Paris, adding, “I am very thankful for that and I will definitely visit Paris whenever it is possible”.

He further stated that Vice President Venkaiah Naidu returned to India with glowing remarks from the Paris Peace Forum, that was held between November 11 and 13, that commemorated the hundredth anniversary of the armistice of the first World War.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar also tweeted about the “productive meeting” between the two leaders, highlighting other key topics the two leaders discussed in their meeting.

“PM @narendramodi had a productive meeting with French President @EmmanuelMacron on the margins of #G20Argentina. Both leaders discussed common front against terrorist financing, and cooperation in maritime security, renewable energy and reform of international institutions,” Kumar tweeted.

Prime Minister Modi concluded his three-day visit to Argentina and emplaned for New Delhi earlier today.