Modi bids farewell to Hollande, thanks him for gracing R-Day parade

The PM hopes Hollande's visit would deepen ties between the two countries.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday bid a warm farewell to French President Francois Hollande who left India after his three-day visit, expressing confidence that their discussions would further deepen the bilateral ties.

"Thank you President @fhollande for visiting India & gracing our Republic Day celebrations," said Prime Minister Modi in a tweet as the French President left the country.

"India's friendship with France is special... Am sure the discussions during President @fhollande's visit will further deepen our relations," he tweeted.

During his visit, French President Hollande visited Chandigarh and held talks with Prime Minister Modi.

The two sides signed 30 pacts, including a Memorandum of Understanding for the purchase of 36 French Rafale aircraft even though persisting differences over the pricing of the fighter jet came in the way of final multi-billion dollar deal being concluded.

The talks between the two leaders focused on ways to enhance cooperation in counter-terrorism, security, civil nuclear energy and sustainable development.

( Source : PTI )
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