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Despite COVID-19, Rafale will be delivered on time

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had a telephonic conversation with his French counterpart Florence Parly who assured delivery of Rafale is unaffected of the COVID-19 pandemic

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks with French Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly on Tuesday
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks with French Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly on Tuesday
  • Rajnath Singh spoke to French Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly on phone

  • Florence Parly reaffirmed Indian side of timely delivery of much-awaited fighter jets Rafale

  • India and France agree to strengthen bilateral defence cooperation

New Delhi: France has reaffirmed India that the delivery of Rafale is unaffected of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fighter jets will be flying in on time in India. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had a telephonic conversation with French Minister of Armed Forces, Florence Parly on Tuesday regarding various issues including the Chinese stand-off. A press release issued by the Ministry of Defence confirmed the development. They discussed matters of mutual concern including COVID-19 situation, regional security and agreed to strengthen the Bilateral Defence Cooperation between India and France. 

''France has affirmed its commitment to ensuring timely delivery of Rafale Aircraft despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,'' the release mentioned. Both Ministers appreciated the efforts made by Armed Forces of India and France in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, it added.

''France has affirmed its commitment to ensuring timely delivery of Rafale Aircraft despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,''- Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defence

Rajnath Singh welcomed French Chairmanship of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) from 2020 to 2022. The two Ministers agreed to work together to fulfil the India-France Joint Strategic Vision on the Indian Ocean Region of 2018.