Pathankot to Paris: Modi, Hollande call on world to unite against terrorism

In a joint address before the media in Delhi on Monday, French President Francois Hollande focused extensively on terrorism, saying that both countries 'know the forces that hit them — Daesh (Islamic State).'

"(Islamic State) is provoking us in the worst manner possible. But they can only make us more determined," Hollande said at Hyderabad House in Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too, made a strong reference to terrorism, saying that terror attacks have been seen recently in Paris, as well as in Pathankot. "Terrorism is the enemy of human values and humanity. The world must unite against this threat," Modi said.

Image courtesy: Twitter/@MEAIndia

Image courtesy: Twitter/@MEAIndia

At the joint media briefing, India and France announced that 13 pacts were inked between the two countries. Also, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed for the purchase of 36 Rafale jets. The French President said that there are 'some financial issues present', but assured that they would be ironed out in time. Hollande also pointed out that these jets are being used during operations against the Islamic State in Syria.

At the beginning of his address, Modi extended a welcome to French President Hollande, calling him a 'strong leader of a great nation'.

'Relations between India and France have stood every test of time," Modi said, adding that the two countries have agreed to co-operate in a number of areas including smart cities, solar energy and nuclear power. Hollande, on his part said that France 'will put our expertise and skills on this great idea of smart cities'.


Updated Date: Jan 25, 2016 15:20 PM

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