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French defense minister Jean Yves Le Drian with Rafale aircraft in the backdrop (Image: France24)

The French Defense Minister Jean Yves Le Drian is likely to visit India to conclude the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between India and France for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets next week.

Le Drian is expected to arrive on September 23 in Delhi to conclude the IGA, the Hindu reported quoting unnamed sources as saying.

French Defence Minister Jean Yves Le Drian is likely to visit India next week to conclude the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between India and France for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets, bringing to an end the 17-month-long negotiations.

Mr. Drian is expected in Delhi on September 23 to conclude the IGA, official sources said on Thursday.

Official sources had earlier said that the draft of the IGA was being finalised after which it would go to the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) for a formal clearance.

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