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Rafale a tool for India's sovereignty, we don't care about controversies: France

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does not care about controversies and just wants to deliver the jets as it is a tool for better for India, French of State for and Foreign Affairs, Jean Baptiste Lemoyne, said on Monday.

The made these remarks here today during his official visit to lay the groundwork for Prime Narendra Modi's visit to in August to attend the 45th summit.

Speaking to ANI on a variety of subjects, the minister said, "The doesn't care about controversies. We have cooperations, we have a roadmap, we just want to deliver and I think that it's in the interest of the two "

"We want and to be more sovereign every single day and I think that is a tool for better for and that's, I think, the most interesting thing for Indian people," he added, commenting on the controversy revolving around the deal.

also added that investigations into the attempted break-in at the Indian Air Force Rafale project management team office in is underway.

"Investigation is going on. Indian authorities would be updated when new details would be provided to us," he assured.

Unidentified persons broke into India's Rafale office in last month in a possible espionage attempt to steal data related to the critical to India's security plans.

The Rafale project team, headed by a Group Captain-rank officer, who looks after issues related to the 36 Rafale combat aircraft, including the production timelines and training of Indian personnel who have to be trained for maintenance and flying operations of the plane, which is acquiring.

The French Minister also said India will get its first Rafale fighter jet by September this year.

"The first Rafale jets will land in India in September and it will be a very tough signal of the effectiveness of this cooperation. Thirty-six Rafale (jets) will be delivered one by one. It's very good news for the cooperation between France and India," he added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, June 10 2019. 16:24 IST
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