New Delhi :
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande pitched for a collective fight against the menace of terrorism. In the backdrop of Paris attacks and Pathankot terror strike, both the statesman took came clear with an objective to combat extremism.
PM Modi in Chandigarh on Hollande’s arrival said ‘the day when Paris was hit by terror attacks, I had decided that the guest at the R-Day parade must be from France."
While addressing the India-France Business Summit French President said "We have to take humanity further. We have to combat terrorism and have to work together in this regard, whether it is military equipment or cyber security, so that security can be enhanced... We have to provide security to the world together by working together in the field of defence."
PM Modi reiterating the commitment to fight terrorism together praised the way France responded to the deadly November 13 terror attacks in Paris.
"Terrorism is a challenge for entire humanity. France has shown that at a time when people were being killed, the country did not shake from the path of development. President Hollande is correct that terrorism is a challenge, just like global warming. India and France are two countries who have a deep faith in humanity and we are committed to wipe out terrorism and India is completely with you (France) in this regard," Modi said at the summit.
Both the countries are also eyeing to seal a deal of 36 Rafale jets. The announcement for the Rs 60,000-crore deal was made by Modi last April during his visit to France but it is yet to be finalized. Hollande will be the chief guest on Republic Day.