INDIA; ‘ DEFENSE MINSTER SAYS ANY FUTURE PURCHASES OF RAFALE FIGHTER JETS WILL BE DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS WITH FRANCE ‘

#AceFinanceReport: INDIA:April.13: India’s defense minister said Monday that any future purchases of Rafale fighter jets will be through direct negotiations with the French government.

The statement by Manohar Parrikar calls into question an ongoing commercial negotiation with Dassault Aviation, Reuters said. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced a plan to buy 36 jets from Dassault through the government-to-government route, and Parrikar said Modi’s decision came after the commercial negotiation went into a “vortex.”

The minister stopped short of saying the government had scrapped the negotiation for a $20 billion contract with Dassault.

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