India, France Deepen Defence, Security Ties: Full Text Of Joint Statement

President Emmanuel Macron emphasised the importance of the stability of the Indian Ocean, saying France is India's strategic partner in South Asia.

NEW DELHI: French President Emmanuel Macron, on a four-day visit to India, has said that New Delhi is France's strategic partner in South Asia. In a joint press briefing with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr Macron said that stability in the Indian Ocean is important for stability in the entire region. Here is the entire India-France joint statement during Emmanuel Macron's India state visit:

At the invitation of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the President of the French Republic, Mr. Emmanuel Macron paid a State Visit to India from 10 to 12 March 2018. The two leaders co-hosted the Founding Summit of the International Solar Alliance in New Delhi on 11 March 2018. The leaders held wide ranging and constructive discussions and underlined the growing convergence between the two countries on regional and international issues.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the strategic partnership between India and France, the first to be established by India, the two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to furthering it and decided to take it to a new level by agreeing to hold biennial summits between the Prime Minister of India and the President of the French Republic. Both leaders agreed to deepen and strengthen the bilateral ties based on shared principles and values of democracy, freedom, rule of law and respect for human rights.

Recalling the valiant sacrifices made by Indian and French soldiers during the First World War, Prime Minister Modi expressed his willingness for India to participate in the closing of the First World War Centenary celebrations, which will take place on 11 November 2018 in Paris. He also welcomed the organization of the Paris Peace Forum on this occasion. President Macron thanked Prime Minister Modi for India's support to this initiative.

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