Can’t Pressure Dassault To Share Offset Partner Details: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman On Rafale Deal

Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday asserted that India cannot put pressure on French aircraft maker Dassault Aviation to share details of offset partners related to the Rafale deal just because the Opposition wanted to know the same.

Dassault, the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) in the Rafale fighter jet deal, is obliged to share details of the offset partners under contract with India, but has a year’s time to do so, she said.

“Just because my Opposition wanted to know it (offset partner details) yesterday, I cannot put pressure on my OEM saying the Opposition wants it now, give it now. “By rule, they can tell me even next year,” news agency PTI quoted the minister speaking at the annual ET Awards. Read more

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