Ignoring the baseless allegations and accusation, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited a production facility of French aerospace major Dassault Aviation near Paris to inspect the ongoing process. She took the tour of the place where Rafale jets to be supplied to India are being manufactured, on Friday.
Ms Sitharaman reached Paris on Thursday for a three-day visit and met her French counterpart Florence Parly to discuss the ways to deepen the strategic and defence cooperation between the two countries.
Ms Sitharaman even had interaction with officials of the Dassault Aviation who are the manufacturer of the Rafale jet during her visit to the plant in Argenteuil. She even inspected the progress in the production of the fighter jets whose delivery to India will begin next year.
Sources shared that the meetings were under the banner of annual Indo-French defence ministerial dialogue. The two defence ministers had the one-on-one meeting and delegation-level talks in which they covered bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interests.
Both governments acknowledged strengthening the relationship and agreed for co-production of military platforms and weapons. They even concluded to expand cooperation between their armed forces.
The Congress party has been accusing of the involvement of the corruption in the Rafale deal which aims for the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets.
The opposition government has been asking to share the details of the technology and pricing of the deal. It even accused that the government intentionally involved the Reliance group in the deal.
Modi government has been slashing down allegations and denied to share the details for the national security reasons.
French publication Mediapart said that the Dassault Aviation had to choose Reliance firm as its offset partner in India as a trade-off for getting the deal, in its report on Wednesday but Ms Sitharaman smashed the allegations saying the offset obligations were necessary for the deal but it doesn’t involve the name of the companies.
Later in a statement, Dassault Aviation, a manufacturer of the stock cleared that they were free to choose the Reliance Group and nullified all the allegations made by the French publication Mediapart.