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Thursday, March 12, 2015

India's Rafale fighter jet deal stuck in doldrums

Dassault RafaleThe multi-billion dollar Rafale fighter jet contract between India and France continues to face an impasse despite the two countries having agreed to "fast-track" the negotiations.

But while forward movement is awaited in this regard, defence sources made it clear that the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to France and the fighter jet deal were two separate issues which cannot be linked, PTI reported.

"There are some issues which still persist because of which the final contract is pending for such a long time," defence sources said when asked if the issues relating to pricing and the guarantee clause had been sorted out.

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