Indian PM speaks to French President on Ukraine crisis

Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the Ukraine conflict with French President Emmanuel Macron in a telephonic conversation.

"The Head of State and the Prime Minister of India exchanged views on the Russian-led war in Ukraine and its destabilising consequences for the rest of the world. The President of the French Republic underlined France's determination to continue its support for Ukraine, and the two leaders agreed to work together to bring the conflict to an end," read a communique issued by the French President's Office.

The two leaders also reaffirmed the importance of the international community acting in a coordinated manner in the face of the food crisis.

"In this respect, the two leaders stressed the relevance of the framework offered by the FARM initiative to guarantee transparency in agricultural markets and prevent speculative behaviour, to help the populations most threatened by food insecurity, and to strengthen the agricultural sovereignty of countries by further boosting their local production," added the readout.

FARM's objective is to prevent the catastrophic effects, for global food security, of the war Russia is waging in Ukraine.

The initiative is based on three pillars: A trade pillar to ease tensions on the agricultural markets, guarantee full transparency on flows and stocks and combat unjustified trade barriers; A solidarity pillar to support Ukraine's agricultural capabilities, ensure access to agricultural commodities at reasonable prices in the countries most affected, and prepare to alleviate the war's effects on the level of agricultural production; and A production pillar to strengthen agricultural capabilities sustainably in the countries most affected.

President Macron and Prime Minister Modi also discussed bilateral relations between their two countries, whose positive momentum continues.

(ANI)

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