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French envoy rejects reports of Pak pilots training on Rafale in France

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

French on Thursday dismissed as "fake news" reports that a batch of Pakistani pilots was trained on fighter jets being procured by

American industry website reported that the first batch of pilots trained on the fighter jet for in November 2017 were "Pakistani exchange officers".

"I can confirm that it is fake news," Ziegler tweeted.

French diplomatic sources said no Pakistani pilots ever trained on jets in

There were concerns in the Indian military establishment over the report by the US-based website as was also procuring 36 Rafale jets from at a cost of Rs 58,000 crore.

It is learnt that the government got in touch with the after the report and conveyed to that no Pakistani pilots were trained on Rafale jets in

In 2015, sealed a USD 7 billion deal with French Dassault to buy 24 Rafale jets, and later the gulf nation ordered another batch of 12 fighters.

The first Rafale jet was delivered to by Dassault few months ago.

and Qatar have robust political and military ties.

The report by the American website came in the midst of a simmering political slugfest over the Rafale deal. The has been alleging massive irregularities in the deal while the government has strongly rejected the charges.

On Wednesday, the rejected the government's contention that sensitive documents accessed by the media on the Rafale deal can't be evidence. The apex court said it will examine the papers while reviewing its order of December 14 last year giving a clean chit to the government on the deal.

Citing internal reports of the Defence Ministry, daily had come out with a series of stories including one on how the had objected to parallel negotiations carried out by the on the deal.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 21:20 IST