South Asia and Beyond

PM’s Paris Visit: Why Some Defence Deals Were Held Back

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to France took the bilateral strategic ties to a different level. There were several agreements in different areas and both leaders even agreed to adopt a roadmap to set the course for the bilateral relationship till 2047 that will mark 100 years of India-France ties. But some key defence deals, including procurement of Rafale jets for the Indian Navy and three more Scorpene submarines, which were expected to be announced during the PM’s visit were held back. In this episode of ‘Simply Nitin’, StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale who was in Paris to cover the PM’s visit explains why.

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