Chandigarh, Jan. 24 (ANI): French President Francois Hollande who is in India to attend the Republic Day celebrations, praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s participation at the recent COP 21 in Paris and said that he had played a decisive role at the climate summit.
Addressing the India France Business Summit here, the President said that his visit has two main goals- “consolidate strategic partnership with India and implement decisions taken during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to France”.
Prime Minister Modi also lauded President Hollande for his take on terrorism and said that France deserves praise for the manner in which it shepherded the COP 21 negotiations in Paris.
“France has shown the way of combating terrorism without deviating from its principles and journey of progress. India will stand shoulder to shoulder with France in the battle against terrorism,” Prime Minister Modi said.
Meanwhile, both nations exchanged 16 agreements during the India-France Business Summit, promising progress across different sectors.
“Comprehensive & Multisectoral Partnership.16 agreements exchanged in Chandigarh during India-France Business Summit,” Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.
Earlier today, President Hollande arrived in Chandigarh on a three-day visit to India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi him at the world famous rock garden.
He will be accorded a ceremonial reception at the forecourts of Rashtrapati Bhawan on Monday.
Later, he will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Modi at the Hyderabad House, which will be followed by signing of agreements in various key sectors.
On January 26, the French President will witness the Republic Day parade at Rajpath as the chief guest. This is the fifth time that a serving President of France will be the Chief Guest at India’s Republic Day function.
Also, for the first time in independent India’s history, foreign troops (French troops) will be participating in the Republic Day parade. (ANI)