Boosting India-France defence cooperation to be focus of PM Modi's 2-day visit to Paris


Expansion of bilateral defence ties is expected to be a key focus of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day visit to Paris beginning July 13 with ground work being finalised for New Delhi's procurement of 26 naval variant of Rafale jets from France besides firming up a big-ticket deal to jointly develop an aircraft engine in India.

Without delving into specific details or possible outcomes, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said at a media briefing that the prime minister's visit to France would be rich in "substance" and set "new benchmark" for strategic partnership between the two countries in years ahead.

Modi will be guest of honour at the annual Bastille Day Parade and hold talks with President Emmanuel Macron to take forward cooperation in a range of key areas including defence, space, trade and investment. After concluding his visit to France, Modi will travel to Abu Dhabi.

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