New Delhi: Refuting statements made by France, Congress President said, “Let them deny it if they want. He(French President) said that before me.I was there, Anand Sharma and Dr.Manmohan Singh were also there.
Soon after Rahul Gandhi claimed that there was no secrecy between India and France on Rafale agreement, France issued a statement that, “We have noted the statement of Mr Rahul Gandhi before the Indian Parliament. France and India concluded in 2008 a Security agreement, which legally binds the two States to protect the classified information provided by the partner, that could impact security and operational capabilities of the defence equipment of India or France. These provisions naturally apply to the IGA concluded on 23 September 2016 on the acquisition of 36 Rafale aircraft and their weapons.”
Rahul in his speech during the debate on no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha claimed that he had met French President during his visit to India and had asked about the secrecy clause in the pact, which according to the Congress president was denied by the French President.