Indian PM Gets Down to Biz With French Prez Hollande in Paris

By Sarkaritel April 11, 2015 10:42

Indian PM Gets Down to Biz With French Prez Hollande in Paris

By TN Ashok     Diplomatic Editor

Paris, April 10 : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi got down to business with France soon after landing in Paris when he indicated to host country President Francois Hollande that India wanted a quick resoloution on the raffale aircraft issue.

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi with the President of France, Francois Hollande, in Paris on April 10, 2015.

Opening his discussions on critical defence and nuclear issues as well as terrorism, Modi said We have requested 36 Rafale jets in fly-away condition as quickly as possible: We want France to help us in defence and nuclear issues as its trusted friend.

“The Prime Minister met President Hollande at Portrait Room of Palais de L’Elysees today followed by a delegation level talk at Ambassador Room there.Submission of reports by co-chairs of India-France CEO Forum and signing of agreements between the delegations were witnessed.

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi delivering his address, at UNESCO, in Paris on April 10, 2015.

The two leaders kept their trust with destiny by having the Naav Pe Charcha (Boat Diplomacy) on the river seine.

Meanwhile, the External Affairs spokesman Syed Akbarruddin  briefing newsmen said PM Modi’s interactions with French delegation and meeting with CEOs focused on infrastructure and defence with idea of “Make In India” on mind.”

Akbaruddin summed that PM’s interest was to get INVESTMENTS to India.”Smart cities, waste management, cleaning Ganga, high speed trains were focused on,” he said, and added, “Make in India in defence being a priority for PM was an idea that was shared.”

The two nations delved upon the scourge of terrorism as well. “(There is) solidarity that India and France have about working together on counter-terrorism,” said Akbaruddin. “I can confirm that we expect progress on defence front. Have been working on these but calls are taken by leaders of countries,” he added.

26/11 mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi’s release too found a mention in the talks.

“In context of fighting against terrorism, twice French delegation raised issue of unfortunate release of Lakhvi in Pakistan,” Akbaruddin informed.

“The French delegation shared the view that this (Lakhvi’s release) wasn’t good news for India or the world. And they strongly expressed solidarity for India,” he added.

“PM Modi said terrorism knows no border. (There was a) reflection of commonality of views against terrorism by India and France,” the MEA spokesperson summed up.

Earlier in the day, PM Modi went to the French National Assembly and met with President of the National Assembly Claude Bartolone.

Prime Minister Modi  is scheduled to visit the World War-I memorial and pay tribute to about 10,000 Indians, who lost their lives while fighting alongside France.He will seek to speed up price negotiations for the building of two reactors by state-run Areva SA of 1,650 megawatts each in Maharashtra.

By Sarkaritel April 11, 2015 10:42