After US President Donald Trump, French president Emmanuel Macron late on Friday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi over landslide victory in Lok Sabha polls. The French foreign ministry said that both the countries would together consolidate the security of their nations.

After US President Donald Trump, French president Emmanuel Macron late on Friday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi over landslide victory in Lok Sabha polls. The French foreign ministry said that both the countries would together consolidate the security of their nations.

“We will continue to work together to consolidate the security of our nations, secure stability in the world, and promote sustainable development as well as exchanges between our youth,” spokesperson of the ministry of France’s foreign affairs said.

On Friday, Trump and PM Modi agreed to meet at the G-20 Summit in Japan next month as both the leaders pledged to further strengthen the US-India strategic partnership and build on the achievements of the last two years. 

Trump telephoned Modi to congratulate him on the historic electoral victory in the Lok Sabha polls, the White House said.

Prime Minister Modi on Thursday led his Bharatiya Janata Party to a landmark victory for a second five-year term in office, winning 302 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha.

“The leaders look forward to seeing one another at the G-20 Summit in Osaka, where the US, India, and Japan will hold a trilateral meeting to pursue their shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the White House said.

The G-20 Summit meeting is slated for June 28 and 29.

China is flexing its muscles in the South China Sea (SCS) which serves as a passage for annual trade worth USD 3.5 trillion. The US and China are locked in a tussle for the commercial control of the SCS. 

China claims almost all of the strategic SCS with Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam pushing competing claims to parts of the resource-rich maritime region. The US, Japan and India do not have any territorial claims there.

The US and India have made enormous strides together which include the expansion of bilateral defence cooperation and combined military exercises, the historic civil nuclear deal, the nearly six-fold increase in US-India trade, the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative and the designation of India as a Major Defence Partner.