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Only financial details remain in striking Rafale deal: Modi

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New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said only the financial details needed to be worked out in finalising the much-awaited purchase of Rafale fighter aircraft from France, adding this, too, would conclude soon.

Modi had announced India's intention to purchase 36 Rafale medium multi-role combat aircraft of French aerospace major Dassault during his visit to Paris last year. The value of the deal is expected at around Rs 60,000 crore.

"Only financial aspects of the Rafale deal is left. The inter-governmental agreement has been finalised. It will be done soon," the Prime Minister said in his statement after delegation level talks with French President Francois Hollande here.

In India to strengthen cooperation against terror: Hollande:French President Francois Hollande on Monday said his visit to India was aimed at strengthening and reinforcing "the cooperation against terrorism between our two countries".

"Today, there are all kind of terrorist threats that are hovering around countries such as India and France and one of the main aims of my visit here is to reinforce and strengthen the cooperation against terrorism between our two countries," Hollande said here.

He also said India and France will "work to improve economic relations in the field of agriculture and space".

The French President was given a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here on his second day of his three-day visit to India.

Hollande said he was honoured to be the chief guest at the Republic Day in India.

Hollande began his visit on Sunday and Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke protocol to welcome him at Chandigarh.

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Only financial details remain in striking Rafale deal: Modi

New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said only the financial details needed to be worked out in finalising the much-awaited purchase of Rafale fighter aircraft from France, adding this, too, would conclude soon.

Modi had announced India's intention to purchase 36 Rafale medium multi-role combat aircraft of French aerospace major Dassault during his visit to Paris last year. The value of the deal is expected at around Rs 60,000 crore.

"Only financial aspects of the Rafale deal is left. The inter-governmental agreement has been finalised. It will be done soon," the Prime Minister said in his statement after delegation level talks with French President Francois Hollande here.

In India to strengthen cooperation against terror: Hollande:French President Francois Hollande on Monday said his visit to India was aimed at strengthening and reinforcing "the cooperation against terrorism between our two countries".

"Today, there are all kind of terrorist threats that are hovering around countries such as India and France and one of the main aims of my visit here is to reinforce and strengthen the cooperation against terrorism between our two countries," Hollande said here.

He also said India and France will "work to improve economic relations in the field of agriculture and space".

The French President was given a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here on his second day of his three-day visit to India.

Hollande said he was honoured to be the chief guest at the Republic Day in India.

Hollande began his visit on Sunday and Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke protocol to welcome him at Chandigarh.

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