New Delhi: After the successful conclusion of the G20 Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a productive lunch meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron. PM Modi took to the social media platform X (formerly Twitter) to share the news, stating, "A very productive lunch meeting with President @EmmanuelMacron. We discussed a series of topics and look forward to ensuring India-France relations scale new heights of progress."
A very productive lunch meeting with President @EmmanuelMacron. We discussed a series of topics and look forward to ensuring India-France relations scale new heights of progress. pic.twitter.com/JDugC3995N— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 10, 2023
During the lunch, Prime Minister Modi was accompanied by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. President Macron expressed his commitment to further developing defense cooperation with India. Macron also expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Modi for India's efforts during its G20 presidency to promote peace and unity. He stated, "I thank PM Modi. Faithful to its principles, India did its utmost for the G-20 presidency to serve unity and peace and send across the message of unity while Russia is still waging its aggression on Ukraine."
Macron emphasized the need for a deep reform of international organizations, including the UN Security Council, the World Bank, and the IMF, to better reflect the contemporary demographic and economic realities. He also advocated for increasing available tools to empower emerging countries. The G20 Summit in New Delhi marked a significant milestone with the unanimous agreement on the New Delhi Declaration. The declaration emphasized the importance of upholding international law, including territorial integrity and sovereignty, and called for initiatives to promote comprehensive, just, and durable peace in Ukraine, while also condemning the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons as inadmissible.