Manohar Parrikar leaves for 'Shangri-La dialouge' in Singapore
New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, on Thursday left for Singapore to take part in an inter-governmental security forum Shangri-La Dialogue.
It is expected that Parrikar will hold talks with his French counterpart, Jean Yves Le Drian, with both countries looking forward at closing the deal for 36 multi-role fighter aircrafts, Dassault Rafale, soon.
The Shangri-La Dialogue hosted annually by independent think-tank International Institute for Strategic Studies, is attended by defence ministers and military chiefs of 28 Asia-Pacific countries besides those of other countries.
The Dassault Rafale deal:
- The two leaders are likely to discuss the issues pertaining to Rafale jets deal such as consensus on actions to be taken in case of a material breach, stringent liability clause and guarantee by the French side.
- Parrikar, during his media interaction in May, had said that the government is looking forward to conclude the much-hyped Rafale deal next month.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in April last year, had announced the purchase of 36 fighter jets during his visit to France. He had stated that the jets were supposed to be purchased in government to government contact.
- It is expected that the deal would work out be about Euro 7.8 billion including the missiles and other support system.