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French Defence Minister Condoles Death of Indian Soldiers in Galwan

French Defense Minister Florence Parly. (Reuters)

Recalling that India is France’s strategic companion within the area, French Defence Minister Florence Parly reiterated her nation’s deep solidarity with the nation.

  • PTI
  • Last Updated: June 30, 2020, 3:21 PM IST

French Defence Minister Florence Parly has written a letter to her Indian counterpart, Rajnath Singh, condoling the loss of life of 20 Indian troopers in Galwan Valley, and providing to go to India to spice up bilateral strategic cooperation, French diplomatic sources mentioned on Tuesday.

Referring to the loss of life of the troopers, Parly conveyed to Singh within the letter on Monday her “steadfast and friendly” assist together with that of the French armed forces in these “difficult circumstances”.

“This was a hard blow against the soldiers, their families, and the nation. In these difficult circumstances, I wish to express my steadfast and friendly support, along with that of the French armed forces,” the sources quoted her as saying.

The French defence minister conveyed her condolences to your complete Indian armed forces in addition to to the grieving households, they mentioned.

Recalling that India is France’s strategic companion within the area, she reiterated her nation’s deep solidarity with the nation and expressed her readiness to go to India to comply with up on bilateral talks to deepen defence ties, the sources mentioned.

The Indian and Chinese armies are locked in a bitter standoff in a number of places in japanese Ladakh for the final seven weeks, and the strain escalated manifold after 20 Indian troopers had been killed in a violent conflict in Galwan Valley on June 15. The Chinese aspect additionally suffered casualties however it’s but to present out the small print.

Defence and strategic ties between India and France have been on an upswing in the previous few years.

India is more likely to obtain on July 27 the primary batch of six Rafale fighter jets from France. The jets are anticipated to considerably enhance the fight functionality of the Indian Air Force.

India had signed an inter-governmental settlement with France in September 2016 for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a price of round Rs 58,000 crore

The plane is able to carrying a spread of potent weapons. European missile maker MBDA’s Meteor past visible vary air-to-air missile and Scalp cruise missile would be the mainstay of the weapons package deal of the Rafale jets.


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