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British PM wants India to reconsider Rafale deal

CNN-IBN
Feb 02, 2012 at 10:06am IST

New Delhi: A 'disappointed' British Prime Minister David Cameron said that he would do 'everything he can' to 'encourage' India to reconsider its decision to acquire 126 French-made Rafale fighter jets instead of the UK-backed Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.

"The decision is obviously disappointing. Of course, I will do everything I can, as I have already, to encourage the Indians to look at Typhoon," he said.

Manufacturers of the Eurofighter Typhoon also said that they were disappointed over India's selection of rival Dassault's Rafale fighter for a major defence deal but were still in touch with the Indian government over the matter.

The British government said that it's hoping the Defence Ministry re-considers. And they were hopeful that negotiations with the Ministry of Defence could still go their way. On Tuesday, India picked the French fighter jet Rafale in a close to 20 billion dollar deal. This caps a five-year long selection process for the contract to buy 126 fighters.

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