December 30, 2020

NSA Ajit Doval holds talks with French Defence Minister Florence Parly

New Delhi: Nationwide Safety Advisor Ajit Doval and French Defence Minister Florence Parly held talks on Thursday to additional enhance bilateral defence and safety cooperation, officers stated. The talks had been targeted on methods to reinforce the general strategic ties between the 2 international locations, they stated.

Earlier within the day, Parly attended a ceremony on the Ambala air power station the place 5 French-made Rafale jets had been formally inducted into the Indian Air Power.

After the ceremony, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Parly held delegation-level talks.

In her transient tackle on the occasion, Parly stated France is absolutely dedicated to combine the Indian defence trade with France’s world navy provide chain, whereas calling the induction of the Rafale jets into the IAF a brand new chapter in bilateral defence ties.

In Delhi, Parly visited the nationwide battle memorial and paid tributes to India’s fallen heroes.

The primary batch of 5 Rafale jets arrived in India on July 29, practically 4 years after India signed an inter-governmental settlement with France to acquire 36 of the plane at a value of Rs 59,000 crore.