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Countries should address cyber security in terror fight: France

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France, which played a proactive role in the recent UN designation of as a global terrorist, on Monday said countries should address cyber security in the fight against

French of State for Foreign Affairs, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, who is here to do the groundwork for Narendra Modi's upcoming visit to his country for the summit in August, also said that supports in the fight against and terror financing.

In an exclusive interview to ANI, he described Modi's visit as an "important moment" while touching on a wide range of issues of bilateral interests.

Commenting on the recent designation of (JeM) as a global terrorist, the French said, "The fight against is our priority. stands alongside in this fight and I think we must address different things - cybersecurity, for example, is crucial (so is) the fight against financing terrorism as I mentioned previously.

"It's an everyday fight and I can say that we (India-France) have a strong relation in that field."

and worked closely to get the Pakistan-based designated, especially after the Pulwama terror attack which killed 40 CRPF personnel in on February 14. A rammed into a CRPF convoy in an explosive-laden vehicle, leading to the death of the Indian personnel.

Following this dastardly attack, India launched extensive diplomatic efforts to get Azhar designated as a global terrorist, which finally became a reality on May 1 when lifted its technical hold on a proposal introduced by the US, the UK, and France in the 1267 Committee of the

"France is very committed at an international level to fight against terrorism and financing terrorism...We also know that India is very committed and we're very happy about that. A conference will be held in which will show how the Indo-Pacific area is crucial to fight against the financing of terrorism," the minister said when asked about the (FATF) not being impressed with Pakistan's efforts in combating terror financing.

Speaking on Modi's upcoming visit to France, Lemoyne said "and Modi have a strong relationship personally and that is why he was very happy to invite Modi to join the leaders meeting at the end of August. India could provide a very interesting experience for the work that will be done in terms of numeric. Modi's participation will be preceded by bilateral visit; that could be a very important moment in the relations."

He also spoke on the attempted break-in into (IAF) Project Management Team in last month.

"Investigation is going on, Indian authorities would be updated when new details would be provided to us," he said.

Unidentified persons broke into India's office in last month in a possible espionage attempt to steal data related to the aircraft critical to India's security plans.

The French Minister further stated that India will get its first fighter jet by September this year.

"The first Rafale jets will land in India in September and it will be a very tough signal of the effectiveness of this cooperation. Thirty-six Rafale (jets) will be delivered one by one. It's very good news for the cooperation between France and India," he added.

The French Minister was received by the MoS for External Affairs V Muraleedharan at on June 10. The two leaders held a meeting regarding the further deepening of the Indo-French strategic partnership and its contribution to more stable and sustainable world governance, according to the of France to India,

Lemoyne also visited the Alliance Francaise de here on Monday to meet Indian alumni of top French Schools.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, June 10 2019. 15:55 IST
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