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India, France talk business; ink 17 deals on defence, infrastructure, nuclear reactor among others

Apr 10, 2015 11:04 PM IST World World

New Delhi: Defence cooperation, fight against terrorism, infrastructure, nuclear reactor, renewable sources of energy, railways, smart cities and tourism were the major topics of discussions between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande on Friday. Calling France among India's most valued friends, Modi said the "two big democracies share similar values" as 17 agreements were signed in Paris.

The agreements included coming together of the two countries on key projects related to railways, urban heritage and tourism sectors among others.

In a major announcement, Modi also said that he has requested France to provide India with 36 Rafale fighter jets in fly-way condition. The agreement had been under consideration for nearly three years.

While the announcement has been made, Modi said that the terms and conditions of the contract are yet to be finalised.

During their meeting, India and France discussed bringing perpetrators and conspirators of terrorist attacks to justice.
An agreement on proceeding forward on the stalled nuclear project in Jaitapur in Maharashtra was also among the 17 pacts signed after the talks between the two leaders.

The Jaitapur project, where French company Areva is to set up six nuclear reactors with total power generation capacity of about 10,000 MW, is stuck for long because of differences over the cost of electricity to be generated.