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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France pens down 17 mutual agreements and a deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets

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India plans to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France as both the nations pushed their talks on techno-commercial issue on the Jaitapur nuclear power plant.

Also, Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his meet with French President Francois Hollande penned down 17 more agreements in favor of the nations’ tie ups.

The 17 agreements include field of civil nuclear energy, railways and space.

The Rafale deal was one of the biggest decisions made by the officials. India in a deal of $20 billion shortlisted Rafale by Dassault Aviation and confirmed the purchase of 126 fighter jets for MMRCA project in 2012. However, the final deal has not been confirmed yet.

The French President said, “Our ties in civil nuclear energy, sustainable energy and defense and the desire to acquire 36 Rafale jets show the partnership has moved to new stage of cooperation.”

The two nations agreed on the conclusion of techno-commercial discussions on the proposal for construction of six 1650 MWe nuclear power plants at Jaitapur.

Both the nations urged  their atomic energy establishments to lay an ambitious foundation for the future of India-France civil nuclear cooperation, including a wide range of subjects in the area of civil nuclear liability.

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Earlier in the day, Le Drian held delegation-level talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday extended his condolences to the victims of a terror attack in France earlier this week when French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian called on him here.

“The Prime Minister conveyed his heartfelt condolences for the victims of the recent terrorist attack in Strasbourg in France, and said that India stands with France in the fight against terrorism,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement.

At least three people were killed and 13 others injured when a man opened fire at a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

According to the PMO statement, Narendra Modi also warmly recalled the state visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to India in March, as well as their recent interaction on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Argentina.

“Le Drian briefed the Prime Minister on recent developments in the bilateral relationship, and French perspective on regional and global issues,” it stated.

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“The Prime Minister welcomed the strengthening of bilateral ties in all spheres, including defence, space, counter-terrorism, maritime security, and civil nuclear cooperation.”

Earlier in the day, Le Drian held delegation-level talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. (IANS)