PM Modi, French President Macron discuss Ukraine conflict and its destabilizing consequences for world

17 August, 2022 | Vaishali Sharma

Modi World

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke by phone with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday about the Ukraine crisis. “The Head of State and the Prime Minister of India exchanged views on th...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke by phone with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday about the Ukraine crisis.

“The Head of State and the Prime Minister of India exchanged views on the Russian-led war in Ukraine and its destabilising consequences for the rest of the world. The President of the French Republic underlined France’s determination to continue its support for Ukraine, and the two leaders agreed to work together to bring the conflict to an end,” read a communique issued by the French President’s Office.

The two leaders also reaffirmed the importance of the international community acting in a coordinated manner in the face of the food crisis.

“In this respect, the two leaders stressed the relevance of the framework offered by the FARM initiative to guarantee transparency in agricultural markets and prevent speculative behaviour, to help the populations most threatened by food insecurity, and to strengthen the agricultural sovereignty of countries by further boosting their local production,” added the readout.

FARM’s goal is to avert the disastrous repercussions of Russia’s war in Ukraine on world food security.

The initiative is built around three pillars: A trade pillar to reduce tensions on agricultural markets, ensure full transparency on flows and stocks, and combat unjustified trade barriers; a solidarity pillar to support Ukraine’s agricultural capabilities, ensure access to agricultural commodities at reasonable prices in the countries most affected, and prepare to mitigate the war’s effects on agricultural production levels; and a production pillar to sustainably strengthen agricultural capabilities in the countries most affected.

President Macron and Prime Minister Modi also reviewed bilateral ties between their two nations, which have maintained their strong momentum.

The Head of State praised India’s announcement of a new nationally decided contribution and emphasised France’s full support for increasing India’s climate
ambition.

According to the readout, they also addressed the issues in the Indo-Pacific area as well as the situation in Sri Lanka.

Both presidents spoke on ongoing bilateral cooperation under the India-France Strategic Partnership as well as other global and regional problems.

“Spoke to my friend President @EmmanuelMacron today. Conveyed India’s solidarity with France in dealing with the devastating wildfires. We discussed ongoing bilateral cooperation under the India-France Strategic Partnership, and other issues of global and regional significance,” PM Modi said in a tweet.

According to a PMO announcement, the two leaders discussed continuing bilateral endeavours, including defence cooperation projects and civil nuclear energy collaboration.

“Prime Minister conveyed his solidarity to President Macron for the ongoing drought and wildfires in France,” the release said.

The two leaders expressed satisfaction with the depth and strength of the India-France Strategic Partnership in recent years and vowed to continue collaborating closely to develop the partnership into new areas of collaboration.