New Delhi, June 10: France stands with India against terrorism says French foreign Minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne during his visit to New Delhi today. Also, speaking on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, the French Minister said that the fight against terrorism is our priority. France stands alongside India in this fight and I think we must address different things - cybersecurity.
India and France worked closely to get Azhar designated, especially after the Pulwama terror attack.
Lemoyne also said, "France is very committed at an international level to fight against terrorism and financing terrorism...We also know that India is very committed and we're very happy about that. A conference will be held in Australia which will show how the Indo-Pacific area is crucial to fight against the financing of terrorism."
Minister Lemoyne is on a visit to India do the groundwork for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France in August. This will be the first French ministerial visit after the formation of the new government.
“The visit of Lemoyne will acknowledge reinforcement of the Indo-French relationship and will lay the groundwork for the visit of the Prime Minister of India to France on the occasion of the G7 Summit at Biarritz in August, on the invitation of the Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic,” the French embassy said in an official statement. “The meeting will focus on deepening of the Indo-French strategic partnership and its contribution to more stable and sustainable world governance,” it said.
During his visit, Lemoyne will also call on External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan and Minister of Commerce and Industry Hardeep Singh Puri. He will also visit the Alliance Française de Delhi and interact with Indian alumni of French higher education institutions in the fields of business administration, engineering and design.