Monday, May 03, 2021

Rafale deal negotiations to begin this month: Manohar Parrikar

New Delhi: Ahead of French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian's visit, the government on Monday said that negotiations for procurement of Rafale fighter jets for Indian Air Force (IAF) will begin this month and the multi-billion dollar deal will be finalised "as early as possible".

"The government to government committee will be set up which will begin negotiations on the deal. The negotiations will start anytime in May and we have to conclude them as early as possible," Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was quoted as saying by PTI.

Parrikar made these remarks in Goa.

He, however, refused to set any deadline to seal the much-hyped deal claiming "since it is government to government procedure, the deal would be quick".

The French Defence Minister is expected to be in New Delhi on May 6 to finalise the modalities for the negotiations.

03/05/21 Zee News

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