Modi calls Hollande, condemns ‘Charlie Hebdo’ attack
Modi reaffirms his commitment to counter-terrorism cooperation as a key element of the partnership between the two countries
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi called French President Francois Hollande over the phone on Friday to condemn the terrorist attack in Paris on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 people, including four journalists and two policemen earlier this week.
The “Prime Minister condemned the terrorist attack in Paris in the strongest terms, conveyed condolences on behalf of the people of India and expressed solidarity with the people of France”, a person familiar with the development said.
Modi “expressed confidence that President Hollande and the people of France will deal with this moment of grief and challenge with fortitude and that they will succeed in combating the forces of terrorism. Prime Minister reaffirmed his commitment to counter-terrorism cooperation as a key element of the growing strategic partnership between the two countries”, the person said.
Hollande on his part “thanked Prime Minister for the telephone call and the for the solidarity and support France had received from the people, government, political parties and media of India”, the person said.
Hollande added that “this support from the world’s largest democracy meant a lot to the people of France. He underlined his commitment to deepen India-France defence and security cooperation and looked forward to receiving Prime Minister (Modi) in France this year”, the person added.
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