Prime Minister Narendra Modi compared the craze of Indian football fans to that of France's in order to explain the strong bond between the two countries, as he addressed the audience at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France on Friday. PM Narendra Modi arrived in France on the first leg of his three-nation tour on Thursday. Upon arriving in France, PM Modi met French President Emmanuel Macron and held a bilateral meeting with him at the Château de Chantilly.
PM Modi highlighted the friendship shared between India and France as he addressed the audience at the UNESCO headquarters. Recalling India's age-old relations with France, PM Modi said that both the nations worked together positively under different circumstances and hailed the healthy friendship shared between France and India. PM Modi said that any event in either France or India had good reactions from the people of either country. Stating the example of how Indian fans were excited and happy to see France lift the football World Cup in 2018.
"France and India are very closely related. When France won the World Cup, football fans in India were more excited and happy for France's victory. In fact, I think the number of football fans for France is more in India than in France itself", said PM Modi, as he was greeted with thunderous applause as soon as the comparison was made.
MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar also took to Twitter and shared pictures of PM Modi's meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, ahead of their bilateral meeting at the Château de Chantilly. In the pictures, PM Narendra Modi and Emmanuel Macron can be seen hugging and taking a stroll around one of the finest jewels of French cultural heritage.
I am honoured that President @EmmanuelMacron has hosted me in the historic Château de Chantilly. We had extremely productive discussions on improving economic and people-to-people ties. Strong India-France ties help our citizens as well as contribute to a better planet. pic.twitter.com/p1fzRInWh9— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 22, 2019
During his two-day visit to France, PM Modi will also be meeting his French counterpart Edouard Philippe and interact with the Indian community. He will also dedicate a memorial to the Indian victims of the two Air India crashes in France in the 1950s and 1960s. In his departure statement, the PM Narendra Modi had said his visit to France reflects the strong strategic partnership which the two countries deeply value and share.
After his France tour, PM Modi will be travelling to the United Arab Emirates on Friday where he would receive the 'Order of Zayed', the highest civilian decoration conferred by the UAE government. During his visit to UAE, he is scheduled to hold talks with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. After UAE, PM Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Bahrain where he will hold talks with King Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. In Bahrain, the Prime Minister will also witness the formal beginning of the re-development of the temple of Shreenathji - the oldest in the Gulf region before returning to France on Sunday to attend the G7 Summit meetings.