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French President Emmanuel Macron (D) received Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (G) at Château de Chantilly on 22 August 2019. REUTERS / Pascal Rossignol / Pool

The French President welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this Thursday, August 22 at Chateau de Chantilly - the opportunity to talk about bilateral issues, before the G7 in Biarritz to which the Indian leader will participate exceptionally.

Warm accolades in front of the sumptuous castle of Chantilly and red carpet unrolled for the occasion ... The burning subjects of the moment, like the very controversial stranglehold of India on Kashmir, could not spoil the friendly atmosphere .

For despite the tense environment between India and Pakistan after Narendra Modi's decision to revoke the autonomy of Indian Kashmir, the French president says he has " unshakable confidence " in his strategic partner.

Emmanuel Macron and Narendra Modi preferred to speak about "economy" and in particular the sale of French arms to India. " We share a strategic vision: the need to defend stability in the region, to protect the freedom of sovereignty everywhere. The delivery, within a few weeks and on time, of the first Indian Rafale will be an extremely important symbolic moment for this structuring cooperation which is part of the time . "

India is the largest buyer of arms in the world - a great opportunity for France, welcomed the Indian Prime Minister " We will increase our cooperation in technology and co-production. France is the first country with which we have concluded a civilian nuclear agreement of the new generation. "

France wants to sell six nuclear reactors to India, a project that has been in the pipeline for a decade. Emmanuel Macron was optimistic: a " decisive step " will be taken before the end of this year.

I recalled that it was up to India and Pakistan to resolve their dispute bilaterally. It is the responsibility of both parties to avoid any degradation on the ground likely to lead to climbing.

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