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Rahul to meet Macron on Sunday

IANS  |  New Delhi 

is scheduled to meet French during the four-day visit of the foreign dignitary that begins later on Friday.

Though the meeting does not figure in the Ministry of External Affairs' detailed itinerary for Macron's visit, Gandhi's office confirmed to IANS that a meeting is scheduled for Sunday.

Political circles in the capital are speculating whether the controversial Rafale fighter aircraft deal will figure in their discussions -- and whether will seek to clear the President's misgivings about it.

The has been attacking the over its decision to scrap the (UPA)-negotiated deal for 126 fighter jets and instead buy just 36 of them in fly-away condition.

The party, which has raised the matter in Parliament as well as outside, has alleged that the is buying the aircraft at a highly inflated price, compared to the one negotiated by the UPA.

refused to reveal the price of the 36-aircraft deal citing a "secrecy clause" in the agreement signed with the

Since his elevation as of the largest opposition party in Parliament, has been meeting visiting heads of state and government.

Since December, he has met Cambodian and Canadian He was away in during the visit of President Tran Dai Quang, who met UPA Sonia and former

He, however, did not meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Iranian President and the King of Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein.

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 17:04 IST
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