Unnecessary controversies being created, government didn’t select Dassault’s partner: Defence Ministry on Rafale deal

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Unnecessary controversies being created, government didn’t select Dassault’s partner: Defence Ministry on Rafale deal

Unnecessary controversies being created, government didn't select Dassault's partner: Defence Ministry on Rafale deal
By Zee Media Bureau | Updated: Sep 22, 2018, 17:25 PM IST
A day after former French president Francois Hollande’s remark on the Rafale deal, the Defenec Ministry on Saturday argued that “unnecessary controversies are being sought to be created” over he issue and the deal was a “purely commercial arrangement between two private companies”.

In a statement, the Defence Ministry added the reported statement “perhaps needs to be seen in its full context” reiterating that the government had no role in the selection of the partners in the Rafale deal.

Earlier on Friday, Hollande had said that Dassault Aviation was given no choice but to partner with Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence for the offset clause in the Rafale fighter jet deal. In an interview to a French media house, Hollande on a question about who selected Reliance as a partner and why, said it was the Indian government that proposed Reliance’s name and Dassault had no choice but to take the company given to it.

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