Hollande's Visit Focuses On Cooperation With India To Tackle Terrorism

25/01/2016 3:02 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
French President Francois Hollande, left, greets India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he arrives for the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (Guillaume Horcajuelo, Pool via AP)

NEW DELHI -- French President Francois Hollande today made common cause with India on the issue of fighting terrorism, underlining that the purpose of his visit was to "reinforce and strengthen" the cooperation between the two countries to tackle the menace.

Hollande, who is on a three-day visit to India, praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for playing an "important" role in Paris COP21 and said that the two countries are going to "follow up" on all decisions on the climate change front as well as areas of economic cooperation.

The French President, who will be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebrations here tomorrow, made the remarks at Rashtrapati Bhawan where he was accorded a ceremonial welcome in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee and Modi.

"There are all kinds of threats that are hovering around countries such as India and France and one of the main aims behind my visit is to reinforce and strengthen the cooperation against terrorism between our two countries," Hollande, who was flanked by Mukherjee, said.

"Once again it underlines our shared values that we aim to protect and also represent across the world. We are going to follow up on all the decisions that were taken at the COP21 as far as action against climate change is concerned but in addition to that we will be further strengthening our economic relations in all areas from agriculture to space.

"These are areas which are of interest and there is immense cooperation between our two countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi played a very important role in the success of COP21," Hollande said.

The French President also paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi by placing a wreath at the memorial of the Father of the Nation at Rajghat this morning.

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