NEW DELHI, Jan 25 (KUNA) -- French President Francois Hollande on Monday rained the importance of building stronger cooperation between his country and India and that the main objective of his current visit is to reinforce and strengthen cooperation between the two nations which came under terrorist attacks countries to counter terrorism. Hollande stated at Rashtrapati Bhavan where he was given a ceremonial welcome in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi that both the countries are victims of terrorism.
"There are all kinds of threats that are hovering around countries such as India and France and one of the main aims behind my visit is to reinforce and strengthen the cooperation against terrorism between our two countries," he added.
The visiting French head of state also praised Modi for playing an important role in the Paris climate conference adding both the two countries are going to follow up on all decisions on the climate change front.
In response to a question over the threat of IS in the backdrop of a new video published on line over the recent Paris attack, Hollande said that France cannot be deterred be any forces.
"France will not be deterred by any kind of threat of terrorism. We will take measures that are required to protect democracy and therefore the decision that was taken to extend the period of emergency in France so that we can take all necessary measures," he said.
French president arrived on Sunday in a three day visit heading a high level delegation comprising miniseries and business leaders during which he will participate in the 67th Republic Day events as the chief guest. Hollande had announced on his arrival in the country that he is expecting to finalize the Rafael fighter jet deals soon stressing the talks are in the final stage. (end)