EAM Holds Discussions with French President Macron in Paris

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Paris. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had a “good discussion” with French President Emmanuel Macron on important strategic issues here November 12 at the Paris Peace Forum.

“Met with President @EmmanuelMacron at the #ParisPeaceForum. A good discussion on important strategic issues,” Jaishankar tweeted after the meeting.

In 1998, India and France established a Strategic Partnership. The areas of defence and security cooperation, space cooperation and civil nuclear cooperation constitute the principal pillars of the Strategic Partnership.

The Indian Air Force last month received its first Rafale fighter jet from a series of 36 aircraft purchased from France.

Jaishankar, during his address at the Paris Peace Forum, called for coordinated action by nations, bilaterally or multilaterally, to prevent the forces of terrorism and extremism from building presence in the digital domain.

On issues related to the governance of cyberspace, Jaishankar said to address the specific security threats, including cyber attacks on critical infrastructures, countries should consider entering into arrangements for speedy action and mitigation.

He said India’s support to the Christchurch call to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online manifests the country’s commitment to work with “like-minded countries to ensure that the entire digital space serves to advance our societies and economies, without endangering our safety and security”

The Christchurch Call – named after the New Zealand city in which 51 people from the Muslim community were killed in terrorist attacks broadcast live on the Internet on March 15, 2019 – is an action plan that commits governments, international organisations and internet players to take a series of measures, in particular developing tools to prevent the downloading of terrorist and violent extremist content.

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