Rajnath Singh to leave for France to receive first Rafale fighter aircraft

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NATIONAL | Oct 7, 2019:

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will leave New Delhi for a two-day visit to France where he will meet French President Emmanuel Macron.

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh will leave New Delhi on Monday, October 7th to France on a two day visit.

In a press release, which was published on October 7 by the Government of India's Ministry of Defence confirmed the news.

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It stated that Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh will leave New Delhi on Monday, October 7th to France on a two-day visit and on October 8, he will meet Mr Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic.

It added, "Later, Raksha Mantri will participate in the Rafale fighter aircraft handing over ceremony at Merignac along with French Minister of Armed Forces Ms Florence Parly. He will also perform the Shastra Puja on the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashami and fly a sortie in the Rafale fighter aircraft."

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According to the release, the Union Defence Minister will also hold the Annual Defence dialogue with French Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly.

Finally, on October 9, Rajnath Singh will address the CEOs of the French Defence industry during which he is likely to urge them to participate in the indigenous "Make in India" campaign and the defence expo 'DefExpo' to be held in Lucknow from February 5-8 in 2020.