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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

French Defense Minister Discusses Rafale Deal With Indian Counterpart

Dassault RafaleFrench Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian met with his Indian counterpart Tuesday as his country looks to close a multibillion-dollar deal to supply fighter jets to India.

An official at India’s Defense Ministry told The Wall Street Journal that Mr. Le Drian, who arrived in India on Monday, and Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar met for about an hour and that the deal to supply 126 multirole Rafale fighter jets figured in their discussions.

Less than a week ago, Mr. Parrikar said an Indian team negotiating with Rafale maker Dassault Aviation S.A. was expected to submit its report toward the end of this month or early next, signaling the government may be close to making a final decision on the deal.

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