Days after the Uri attack, France on Friday said it stands with India in the fight against terrorism and expressed resolve to strengthen counter-terror cooperation with it.
The French position was conveyed by its defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he called on him here.
During the meeting, Le Drian expressed condolences for the victims of the cross-border terrorist attack in Uri on September 18, a PMO statement said.
He also expressed resolve to strengthen bilateral counter- terrorism cooperation with India, the statement said.
Le Drian briefed the Prime Minister on the current status of bilateral defence cooperation.
The minister was India to sign the inter-governmental agreement on the purchase of 36 Rafale aircraft from France. Modi, who welcomed the deal, called for its speedy and timely implementation.
India and France signed the Euro 7.87-billion (Rs 59,000 crore approx) deal for 35 Rafale fighter jets, equipped with latest missiles and weapon system besides multiple India-specific modifications.
The agreement was signed by India’s defence minister Manohar Parrikar and Le Drian 16 months after Modi announced plans to buy the fighter aircraft in flyaway condition during his trip to France.