New Delhi: France has expressed “deep solidarity” over the dying of 20 Indian troopers in a violent-face-off with Chinese language troops alongside the Line of Precise Management (LAC), with French defence minister Florence Parly conveying “steadfast and pleasant help” to her Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh.
Parly wrote a letter to Singh on Monday, condoling the dying of the 20 Indian troopers within the conflict in Galwan Valley on June 15, individuals aware of developments stated.
“This was a tough blow in opposition to the troopers, their households, and the nation. In these tough circumstances, I want to categorical my steadfast and pleasant help, together with that of the French armed forces,” Parly wrote within the letter.
Parly additionally recalled that India is France’s strategic companion within the area and reiterated France’s “deep solidarity” within the letter.
She additionally expressed her readiness to satisfy Singh in India, at his invitation, to observe up on their ongoing discussions, the individuals cited above stated on situation of anonymity.
Parly additionally conveyed her “heartfelt condolences to the complete Indian armed forces in addition to to the grieving households” of the 20 troopers.
Indian and Chinese language troops have been engaged in a months-old tense standoff alongside the LAC, particularly in Ladakh sector, the place each side have deployed 1000’s of extra troops.
France, a key provider of frontline fight jets to the Indian Air Pressure (IAF) for many years, has stepped up its defence engagements with India in recent times and each side are engaged on nearer naval cooperation, together with joint workouts and patrols, within the Indian Ocean area.
Paris has additionally acted on a particular request from New Delhi to hurry up deliveries of 36 Rafale fight jets ordered by India in a deal price Rs 59,000 crore in 2016, with six of the planes anticipated to land on the airbase in Ambala on July 27.
France is transforming the calendar for supplying the Rafales to India at a sooner tempo, individuals aware of developments stated on Monday. IAF ordered the jets as an emergency buy to arrest a worrying slide in its fight capabilities.
Earlier, the primary batch of Rafales to be delivered to India in 2020 was anticipated to comprise 4 jets. France has stepped up efforts to satisfy IAF’s instant necessities.
The individuals stated round 10 Rafale jets are prepared at producer Dassault Aviation’s Merignac facility and 6 of them can be flown by IAF pilots to India through Abu Dhabi in late July.