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Congratulations, My Friend: PM Modi To French Prez Macron On Second Term

| Updated : April 25, 2022, 3:55 pm
Updated : April 25, 2022, 3:55 pm

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Emmanuel Macron on being reelected as the President of France for the second successive term.

In a tweet, PM Modi wrote, “Congratulations to my friend @EmmanuelMacron on being re-elected as the President of France! I look forward to continue working together to deepen the India-France Strategic Partnership.”

Prime Minister Modi is slated to visit France next month, a source confirmed to The New Indian.

In 2019, PM Modi attended the G7 summit as a goodwill partner at the invitation of France. India and France have significantly strengthened their cooperation in the field of defence in recent years.

On Sunday, Macron became the first French President to win re-election in 20 years. Macron, the 44 from La République En Marche, defeated Marine Le Pen of French Political League National Rally. In a keenly contested election, Macron won 58.5% of the vote, while Le Pen gained 41.5%.

The bilateral relations between India and France are on an upswing. Bilateral trade between the two nations has witnessed a steady rise in the last decade reaching the USD 10.75 billion in 2020.

India and France have also strengthened their defence ties in the last few years with New Delhi signing an inter-governmental agreement with Paris in September 2016 for the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore.

 


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