Defence Minister Rajnath Singh calling on French President Emmanuel Macron, in Paris on October 8, 2019
Paris, October 8, 2019
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held talks with French President Emmanuel Macron here today before participating in a ceremony at Merignac in Bordeaux when the first of 36 Rafale fighter jets ordered by India from France will be handed over.
Rajnath Singh is also slated to perform "Shastra Puja" on the occasion of Vijayadashami before flying a sortie in the Rafale aircraft.
The Indian Defence Minister had reached Paris on Monday on a two-day official visit.
During their talks, Rajnath Singh and Macron comprehensively discussed key aspects of the bilateral defence partnership and resolved to continue strengthening the ties between the two countries.
“I thanked President Macron for his strong support to further intensifying our strategic partnership, especially in the defence sector, with India and for our ‘Make in India’ initiatives," Rajnath Singh said after the meeting.
He also thanked the French President for the strong support by France to India's strategic interests and principles, including in fighting terrorism.
Earlier, Rajnath Singh, on his arrival in Paris, had tweeted that France is India’s important strategic partner and its special relationship with India goes far beyond the realm of formal ties.
The Defence Minister also said that his visit to France is aimed at expanding the existing strategic partnership between the two countries.
He also expressed his deepest condolences, on behalf of the Indian Government and its people upon the demise of former French President Jacques Chirac, saying Chirac had played a decisive role in forging the India-France Strategic Partnership.
Rajnath Singh will be joined by French Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly at the handing over ceremony of the Rafale aircraft at Merignac.
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