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F-16 to Pak | India objects to US decision

"This step is not conducive to improving ties between India and Pakistan," MEA spokesman Navtej Sarna said.

india Updated: Jul 03, 2006 21:04 IST

Objecting to the US decision to sell 18 F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, India on Monday said that the move was "not conducive" to the improvement of ties between New Delhi and Islamabad.

India pointed out that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had, during his meeting with US President George W Bush, expressed "disappointment" over such a move.

"This step is not conducive to improving ties between India and Pakistan," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna said.

Sarna said that the issue had been a subject of discussions between India and the US and that New Delhi was reiterating its position on the matter.

The Bush administration has notified about the proposed sale to the Congress, which has 30 days to review the offer.

Unless the Congress passes a legislation to block the deal, it will go ahead.