France is India's most valued strategic partner: PM

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 14, 2013 09:40 hrs

New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) France was one of India's most valued strategic partners and has given "strong and steadfast support" during difficult moments, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Thursday.

"India regards France as one of its most valued strategic partners that has given us strong and steadfast support at difficult moments," the prime minister said after meeting French President Francois Holland here.

"We reviewed progress on the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project (in Maharashtra) and reiterated our commitment to its early implementation," he said.

"We expressed satisfaction with the progress in our defence cooperation, which is poised to reach a qualitatively new level," the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) tweeted, quoting the prime minister.

Manmohan Singh said India and France also agreed to further strengthen cooperation in counter-terrorism and intelligence sharing.

"We welcome the appointment of a French special representative for the economic relationship with India," he said.

Hollande, who became president last May, arrived here Thursday. This is his first bilateral state visit to Asia.

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