Fighting terrorism at heart of French priorities

Narendra Modi: 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?

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Minister of State for Europe and Foreign affairs of France Jean Baptiste Lemoyne

New Delhi: Minister of State for Europe and Foreign affairs of France Jean Baptiste Lemoyne said that the fight against terror is at the heart of his priorities. The minister said so at a function after France announced that it welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposal for a global conference on Monday. The main purpose of this conference was to find a way which can tackle the threat of terrorism.

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.

“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’s (terrorism) a global challenge like climate change. We will be closely looking at this initiative,” Lemoyen 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,” Lemoyen said.

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 Indo-French cooperation.

Thereafter, 36 Rafale jets will be delivered one by one, he said.

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

During a speech on his first foreign visit since winning re-election, Modi told Maldivian Parliament in Male Sunday that “violence 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?” the Indian prime minister asked.