PM Modi and Hollande speak at interim Secretariat of International Solar Alliance

New Delhi: India signed an inter-governmental agreement on Monday to buy 36 French-built Rafale fighter planes, but the leaders of both countries said there was still work to do to finalise financial terms after months of talks.

Narendra Modi in metro

But Hollande and Narendra Modi, both said further talks were needed to finalise terms of the government-to-government deal, which the Indian prime minister had announced when he visited France last spring.

Hollande described the deal on Rafale as “a decisive step”, adding: “There remain financial issues which will be sorted out in a couple of days.”

French President Francois Hollande also made common cause with India on the issue of fighting terrorism, underlining that the purpose of his visit was to “reinforce and strengthen” the cooperation between the two countries to tackle the menace.

Hollande, who is on a three-day visit to India, praised Modi for playing an “important” role in Paris COP21 and said that the two countries are going to “follow up” on all decisions on the climate change front as well as areas of economic cooperation.

The French President, who will be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebrations on Tuesday, made the remarks at Rashtrapati Bhawan where he was accorded a ceremonial welcome in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee and Modi.

(With agency inputs)

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PM Modi and France President Francois Hollande inaugurate the interim Secretariat of International Solar Alliance (ISA) in Gurgaon.

At the event, PM Modi said:

  • World has been discussing global warming for the last one year and how to mitigate it

  • USA, France & India…these three nations took the initiative of innovation. Lets innovate & protect the environment

  • India expressed keenness on solar alliance. President Hollande was very helpful, did everything possible to bring all nations together

  • This alliance ensures the world gets more energy and there is also a focus on innovation

  • We are the people who taught the world how to love Nature, we were taught that God resides in a plants

16:06 PM
PM Modi, Hollande travel by Metro. To inaugurate interim Secretariat of International Solar Alliance (ISA).

15:06 PM
French President Francois Hollande terms inking of IGA for Rafale as a “decisive” step, says there are some financial issues that will be sorted out in couple of days.

15:06 PM
We are hoping to conclude the issue of setting up of nuclear plants in Jaitapur within one year: Hollande

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PM Narendra Modi at the joint statement in Delhi

  • President Hollande is a very close friend of India.

  • I am honoured to welcome you as our guest for the Republic Day celebrations in Delhi.

  • Our 67th Republic Day will be 5th time a French President is Chief Guest and the first time a country’s troops will march with ours.

  • France and India have a strategic partnership of 18 years. We have a partnership branching out to various fields.

  • We are very happy that we have formed an agreement for purchase of 36 Rafale aircrafts with France.

  • From locomotives to satellites to smart cities; solar energy to nuclear power; our decisions have touched all domains.

  • India and France are committed to be partners for a greener, safer, more secure and more prosperous future.

  • Leaving out financial aspect, India and France have signed Inter-Governmental Agreement on purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets.

  • We expect that even the financial aspects pertaining to purchase of Rafale jets will be resolved as soon as possible: Modi.

  • From Paris to Pathankot, we saw the gruesome face of the common challenge of terrorism.

  • Our Joint Statement on counter terrorism underscores our determination to combat all forces that sponsor, shelter and support terrorism.

14:29 PM
India-France exchange 13 agreements cutting across a wide variety of sectors

14:23 PM
Signing of agreements between France & India.

13:10 PM
Expanding the Strategic Partnership with France. PM Modi holds delegation level talks with President Hollande

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Ceremonial honours in the majestic forecourt. President Hollande inspects the guard of honour at Rashtrapati Bhavan