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A memorial for Indian victims of two Air India flight tragic air crashes of 1950 and 1966 will also be inaugurated.Meanwhile, further cementing the relationship with France, Prime Minister Modi on Thursday held a bilateral meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.

The two leaders discussions on issues ranging from terrorism to skill development.

Making its stance clear on the Kashmir issue, France said that it is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.

The French President also expressed happiness over the delivery of the first Rafale jet by September.

On Monday, the Prime Minister will be attending the G7 as a ‘Biar-ritz Partner.

The warmth at the airport as a cross section of the Indian diaspora in Paris turned out to greet their Prime Minister.

And then came the meeting of two friends, President Emmanuel Macron playing host to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the historic Chateau de Chantilly.

The two leaders walked around the estate with Macron explained the historic significance of the chateau to PM Modi and took him around the centuries-old building.

The two leaders then held a one-on-one interaction. Terrorism too figured high on the agenda.PM Modi and President Macron also discussed the Kashmir issue.

President Macron assured Prime Minister Modi of France’s support to India’s stand. He called for restraint and dialogue to ensure peace and stability in the region.

President Macron categorically stated that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and said that he will communicate the same to Pakistani PM Imran Khan.President Macron congratulated PM Modi for the election result.

The two leaders discussed the upcoming G7 Summit. Climate change is a shared priority that both nations will take to the G7 table.

India and France have spear headed the international Solar Alliance. Enhancing the Digital as well as space partnership was also discussed. An agreement was reached on the cybersecurity front. Skill development was also discussed.

On the civil nuclear front, both nations agreed to work on the Jaitapur plant over the next year.

President Macron said bilateral trade between India and France has increased by 25 % over the last one year.

An Indian cultural festival Namaste France will be organized in 2021-2022. Defence and strategic ties too were discussed.

President Macron expressed happiness over the Rafale deal, and said that the first Rafale jet will be delivered by September.India and France enjoy extremely friendly ties and have been working together bilaterally and multilaterally for years.

This visit will certainly add to the ground covered during previous interactions with the French leadership.
 

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