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India, France discuss civil nuclear collaboration

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held discussions with French President Emmanuel Macron on the issues of civil nuclear collaboration on the sidelines of the G20 Summit held in Bali, Indonesia.

The two leaders reviewed ongoing collaboration in diverse areas like defence, civil nuclear, trade and investment. They also welcomed the deepening of cooperation in new areas of economic engagement. Regional and global issues of mutual interest were also discussed. The two leaders had "fruitful deliberations" on various issues, the Prime Minister's Office, India said in a tweet.

At the closing ceremony, PM Modi said, "India is taking charge of the G20 at a time when the world is simultaneously grappling with geopolitical tensions, economic slowdown, rising food and energy prices, and the long-term ill-effects of the pandemic. At such a time, the world is looking at the G-20 with hope. Today, I want to assure that India's G20 presidency will be inclusive, ambitious, decisive, and action-oriented."

PM Modi called it a "proud occasion" for every Indian to assume the G20 presidency, and said, "We will organize G20 meetings in different cities and states of our country. Our guests will get a full experience of India's amazing diversity, inclusive traditions, and cultural richness."

France termed its partnership with India as a major pillar of its Indo-Pacific strategy.

France reiterated its commitment to fully support Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat and defence industrialisation, joint research and technology development in India across a wide range of advanced capabilities.


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