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India deeply values its 25 years of strategic partnership with France: Piyush Goyal


NEW DELHI, APR 11, 2023

India deeply values its 25 years of strategic partnership with France and 75 years of friendship, said Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, and Textiles, Piyush Goyal, said in Paris on Monday during an interaction with the Indian diaspora.

“France is the preferred partner in defence, economy, investments, etc. and this 25-year journey truly is reflective of India’s journey of progress,” Goyal said, while adding that India desires to strengthen this partnership with France.

He said that the vibrant Indian Community in France acting as a true living Bridge between the two countries will relentlessly pursue a path that will further strengthen India’s ties with France in technology, investments, tourism, etc.

Narrating India’s development story on French soil during the interaction the Minister described how India is emerging as a bright spot on the global stage under the decisive leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He said that in 1947, as India gained independence it started regaining its place in the world. He said that this year India is celebrating 25 years of partnership with France and 75 years of India’s independence. While it’s a great moment to reflect on all the good things that have been achieved in the last 75 years, it’s also a great opportunity for each one of us to reflect on new ideas about how our country should progress in the future, he added.

The Minister noted the changes that have taken place in India over the last 9 years of government. He said that the focus of the government has been on ensuring that the basic needs of every single person in the country, particularly those at the lowest strata of society are taken care of. He said that the provision of housing for all, healthcare, food, clothing, shelter, etc. have been strongly pursued by the government at all levels. He appreciated the role played by the community leaders and Ekal Vidyalaya in supporting and empowering the tribal communities.

He said that India offers huge opportunities to the rest of the world and India’s overall exports growing to US $ 765 Billion in 2022-23 is an example of a new India which is showing the path to the rest of the world, a new India with capability, capacity & confidence. The Minister said that each member of the diaspora is an ambassador of India.

He said that the Indian Community in France can contribute to this journey of Amrit Kaal envisioned by the Prime Minister to see India as a developed Nation by 2047. He said that India must find its rightful place in the comity of Nations now as ‘this is the time, this is the right time’ as said by the Prime Minister.

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