France welcomes Narendra Modi's proposal for global conference on terrorism, says terror is at the heart of its priorities

New Delhi: France welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's proposal for a global conference to tackle the threat of terrorism on Monday, saying the fight against terror is at the heart of its priorities.

Minister of State for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Jean Baptiste Lemoyne made the remarks on the sidelines of an interaction with Indian alumni of French institutions in the fields of Business Administration, Engineering and Design here.

 France welcomes Narendra Modis proposal for global conference on terrorism, says terror is at the heart of its priorities

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French president Emmanuel Macron. Reuters.

"Every single initiative to fight terrorism is welcome because it is a threat to every country in the world... So, everything that can be done to unite efforts is welcome. It (terrorism) is a global challenge like climate change. We will be closely looking at this initiative," he said.

"Fight against terrorism is at the heart of our priorities... France stands alongside India on this... and I can say that we have strong relations on this front," he added. Lemoyne's trip is the first French ministerial visit to India after the Narendra Modi government assumed office for a second term.

The French minister said the first Rafale fighter jet will land in India in September and it will be a strong signal of India-France cooperation. Thereafter, 36 Rafale jets will be delivered one by one, he said.

Lemoyne will meet Union External Affairs minister S Jaishankar, Urban Development minister Hardeep Singh Puri and a Confederation of Indian Industry delegation on Monday.

During a speech on his first foreign visit since winning re-election, Modi told Maldivian Parliament in Male on Sunday that "terrorism is not just a threat for a country, but to the entire civilisation".

"The international community has actively arranged for global convention and many conferences on the threat of climate change. Why not on the issue of terrorism?" Modi said.

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Updated Date: Jun 10, 2019 14:52:27 IST