New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday met for the fifth time with a focus on climate change, cybersecurity, defence and space cooperation and Paris backing New Delhi on Kashmir. Both sides also announced that the delivery of Rafale fighter jets will begin next month.

PM Modi said, “Our friendship rests not on selfishness, but on solid ideals of ‘Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity’. This is the reason why India and France have stood shoulder to shoulder to protect freedom and democracy ”

PM Modi lauded Paris’s support to deal with cross border terror. French President while mentioning Pulwama attack said, “will work together to eradicate the scourge”.

Adding, that he will tell Pakistani PM Imran Khan “that they (India and Pakistan) have to solve issue bilaterally and stability in the region should be maintained and no terror activities should happen” On Jaitapur nuclear power plant, he said, “by the end of this year we want to take the project ahead”.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his state visit to France on Thursday and will later participate in 45th G7 summit in Biarritz on 25th and 26th August. On India’s participation at G7, Macron said, “It is a priority for us to talk about climate change and we will talk about it even during G7 meet. India has been very supportive and we need to go ahead with all other nations, to stop carbon emission and protect the environment.”

PM Modi visited France in 2017 followed by the visit of the French President in 2018 and then meetings on the sidelines of G20 summit in Argentina and Japan in December 2018 and June 2019, respectively.