Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in France, to receive 36 Rafale fighter jets

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Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh who is in France to receive the first of the 36 Rafale fighter jets on behalf of the Indian Air Force (IAF), met French President Emmanuel Macron here on Tuesday. During his visit, Singh is also expected to perform ‘Shastra Puja’ on the occasion of Dussehra and undertake a sortie in the aircraft. Addressing the Indian Air Force on its 87th Foundation Day, the Defence Minister tweeted on Tuesday: “Greetings to all @IAF_MCC personnel and their families on the 87th IAF Day. The IAF is the shining example of exemplary courage, fortitude, determination and impeccable service to our nation. These men and women in Blue have the ability to touch the sky with grit and glory.” On his arrival in Paris, Singh tweeted: “Delighted to be in France. This great nation is India’s important strategic partner and our special relationship goes far beyond the realm of formal ties. My visit to France is aimed at expanding the existing strategic partnership between both the countries.”