France does not care about controversies and just wants to deliver the Rafale jets as it is a tool for better sovereignty for India, French Minister of State for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean Baptiste Lemoyne, said on Monday.
Speaking to ANI on a variety of subjects, the minister said, "The French government 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 national interest of the two countries."
"We want France and India to be more sovereign every single day and I think that Rafale is a tool for better sovereignty for India and that's, I think, the most interesting thing for Indian people," he added, commenting on the controversy revolving around the Rafale deal.
"Investigation is going on. Indian authorities would be updated when new details would be provided to us," he assured.
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 India 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.
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