India urges 'quick' sale of French jets

India and France have signed a total of 17 agreements during Indian Prime Minister Modi's visit to Paris.

India urges 'quick' sale of French jets

World Bulletin / News Desk

India has requested France to supply 36 Rafale fighter jets as soon as possible, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday.

Addressing a joint press conference with his French counterpart Francois Hollande in Paris, Modi, who is on a three-day visit to France, said: "I have requested 36 Rafale jets in fly-away condition as quickly as possible."

India has reportedly asked French aviation company, Dassault Aviation, to stick to the original price of $12 billion for 126 Rafale aircraft. As part of the deal, India was to import 18 planes from France and manufacture the remaining 108 jets at the Hindustan Aeronatics Limited in the Indian city of Bengaluru.

Modi acknowledged that the terms of the contract were yet to be finalized. "We want the terms and conditions to be negotiated on this issue, and our civil servants are going to debate these aspects in depth and press ahead with the negotiations," he said.

Hollande said that he was "deeply moved" by the announcement and said the deal had taken bilateral ties between the two countries "into a new gear."

Also, India and France signed a total of 17 agreements in economy, trade, nuclear energy, defense, tourism, education, science and technology, sports and health, culture and space.

The French premier said that France supported India’s bid to become a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

Earlier, Hollande had announced that France would invest €2 billion in India and help in the development of three smart Indian cities, including Pondicherry and Nagpur.

He also added that his country would partner with India in its urban infrastructure development projects, including railways, defense and nuclear sectors.

After his France trip, Modi will travel next to Germany and Canada in a bid to attract foreign investors for his "Make in India" campaign to promote India as a manufacturing hub.

Last Mod: 11 Nisan 2015, 11:16
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