Chirac invites new Indian prime minister

25th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 25 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac has sent his warmest congratulations to new Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and said their two countries should join efforts to promote a balanced international order, Chirac's office said Tuesday.

PARIS, May 25 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac has sent his warmest congratulations to new Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and said their two countries should join efforts to promote a balanced international order, Chirac's office said Tuesday.

In his message, Chirac said that recent elections in the country were new proof of "the exceptional vigor of Indian democracy" and "Indians' deep love of secular values".

Singh, 71, was sworn in Saturday as India's 13th prime minister pledging to strengthen the country's secular character and to reform the economy for the benefit of farmers and workers.

"In these troubled times for the international community it is more than ever necessary that India and France join efforts (to) promote a balanced international order which respects human rights, strengthens dialogue between cultures and supports balanced and sustainable development," Chirac wrote.

Chirac told Singh he would work to strengthen ties between their countries in the political, economic, cultural and strategic areas.

He also invited Singh to visit France.

© AFP

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