Wasn’t in-charge: French President Macron on whether India asked France to sign Reliance for Rafale

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Wasn’t in-charge: French President Macron on whether India asked France to sign Reliance for Rafale

Wasn't in-charge: French President Macron on whether India asked France to sign Reliance for Rafale
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PTI | Updated: Sep 26, 2018, 09:47 AM IST
French President Emmanuel Macron has said that the Rafale deal was a “government-to-government” discussion and he was not in power when the multi-billion-dollar agreement for 36 fighter jets was signed between India and France.

Addressing a press conference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session, Macron was asked if the Indian government had at any point told France or Dassault – the French aerospace major – that they had to accept Reliance as the Indian partner for the Rafale deal.

India had inked an inter-governmental agreement with France in September last year for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore, nearly one-and-half years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the proposal during a visit to Paris. The delivery of the jets is scheduled to begin from September 2019.

“I will be very clear. It was a government-to-government discussion and I just want to refer to what Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi very clearly said a few days ago,” Macron, who became French President in May last year, told reporters on Tuesday without elaborating.

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