French President Jacques Chirac confirmed Monday India’s 2.4-billion-euro ($3 billion) purchase of six Franco-Spanish submarines as he received visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his Paris offices.
Chirac also confirmed the recent announcement by India’s state-run Indian Airlines that it was buying 43 Airbus passenger aircraft in a deal worth 1.8 billion euros.
”I welcome the prime minister confirming to U.S. today India’s decision concerning the purchase of six Scorpene submarines and 43 Airbus planes,” Chirac told journalists as he greeted Singh.
He called the deals “a measure of the friendship, trust and cooperation” between their two countries.
The talks between the two leaders were to focus on India’s demand to be given a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, its desire to develop its civilian nuclear energy sector, and the fight against terrorism, he added.
Singh was the first foreign leader to see Chirac since the 72-year-old president was released from hospital last Friday after suffering what his doctors called a minor vascular problem that affected one of his eyes.