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France President Francois Hollande's visit to India: As it happened on Day 2

By Satya Prakash | Last Updated: Monday, January 25, 2016 - 16:59
Zee Media Bureau

Taking a big leap in the field of bilateral cooperation, India and France on Monday signed the much awaited deal for 36 Rafale Fighter jets. However, both the leaders agreed that the deal has some financial aspects yet to be discusses but expressed hope that they will be sorted out soon.

Calling the French President a close friend of India, PM Narendra Modi welcomed him for the Republic Day celebrations. 

"From security of borders to smart cities to solar energy to nuclear power, from Namaste to Bonjour, we have strengthened our relation," said PM Modi while addressing the media after bilateral talks at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. 

Expressing his desire to share French technology with India, Hollande said, "Rafale fighter jets is a symbol but there are so many other fields we are cooperating. From culture to defense matters we share common interests."

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As India and France signed 16 MoUs on the first day of French President Francois Hollande's three-day India visit on Sunday, now all eyes are now set on pending Rafale deal between the two countries.

The governments of both India and France are struggling to nail down a deal for New Delhi to buy 36 Rafale fighters jets made by the French company Dassault, which is in itself a watered-down version of a plan first unveiled in 2012.Modi-Hollande in Chandigarh

Modi announced alongside Hollande in Paris last year that India had agreed to buy the 36 jets as it looks to modernise its Soviet-era military and keep up with neighbouring Pakistan and China.

Hollande`s presence as chief guest at Tuesday`s Republic Day military parade is intended to symbolise the close relationship between the two countries, particularly in the aftermath of November`s Paris attacks.

First Published: Monday, January 25, 2016 - 17:00
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