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PM Modi bids farewell to Hollande, says France is special

PTI 26 Jan 2016, 21:24:16 IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today 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 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 said in other tweets. He also tweeted in French language to bid goodbye to Hollande.

During his visit, Hollande visited Chandigarh and held talks with Modi.

The two sides signed 30 pacts, including an MoU 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.