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PM Modi returns India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to New Delhi after completing a successful four-nation tour to Germany, Spain, Russia and France. India signed several agreements during this visit of the Prime Minister.

Trade and investment, counter terrorism and climate change were some of the key issues that the Prime Minister discussed with the leaders of the four countries. He also addressed the plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia.

Prime Minister Modi’s final stop in his 4-nation European tour was Paris where he met France’s newly elected President Emmanuel Macron. Describing Paris agreement as a shared heritage of the world and protection of environment an article of faith for Indians.

PM Modi said it is the world’s collective responsibility to save Mother Earth. The two leaders not only echoed each other’s sentiments on climate protection, they also vowed to fight terrorism and in a touching gesture. PM Modi and President Macron jointly paid tributes to Indians who died for France.

Extending support to India’s fight against terrorism, French President Emmanuel Macron said that India and France will continue their cooperation in the field of defence and maritime security.

On the issue of climate change, Prime Minister Modi said that conserving the environment is a matter of faith for India and thanked France for standing shoulder to shoulder in the drawing up of the Paris Climate Deal and the International Solar Alliance – a brainchild of India and France.

President Macron accepted Prime Minister Modi’s invitation to participate in a meeting in India to take forward the International Solar Alliance.

Prime Minister Modi expressed confidence that France would play a leading role in the European Union after Brexit.

Calling for a strong India-France relations, PM Modi called “Be it trade and technology, innovation and investment, energy, education and enterprise, we want to give a boost to India-France ties.”

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