After marathon one-on-one talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, French President Emmanuel Macron had said that India and Pakistan should resolve the Kashmir issue bilaterally and no third party should “interfere or incite” violence in the region.
” It was the responsibility of both India and Pakistan to avoid any deterioration on the ground which could lead to an escalation. France would remain attentive to ensure the interests and rights of the civilian populations are properly taken into account in the territories on both sides of the ceasefire line”, said Macron.
“I will also speak to Pakistan Prime Minister (Imran Khan) after a few days and tell him that the talks should be held bilaterally,” Marcon added.
Macron also confirmed that France will deliver first of the 36 Rafale fighter jets to India by next month. To which PM Modi said that the relationship between India and France is not based on any selfishness, but on solid ideals of ‘Liberty, Equality and Fraternity’.
“India had gained France’s valuable support in fighting cross-border terrorism. Both our countries are constantly facing terrorism. We thank President Macron for the valuable support that France has received in combating cross-border terrorism. We intend to broaden cooperation on security and counter-terrorism,” PM Modi said.
He said France and India stand firm together to meet the challenges of climate change, environment, and technology inclusive development. “Together we can pave the way for a safe and prosperous world,” Modi said.