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November 13, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Indo-French Talks

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who had an hour long discussion with French President Francois Mitterrand immediately after her arrival in Paris, told reporters that they did not discuss the Mirage deal.

By: Editorial |
Updated: November 13, 2021 6:03:28 am
The situation in Europe, Afghanistan, Poland and West Africa were some of the topics on which the two leaders were understood to have exchanged their views.

India and France have begun in right earnest the search for a strategy to promote their hitherto neglected bilateral economic relations avoiding altogether any reference to the controversial Mirage deal. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who had an hour long discussion with French President Francois Mitterrand immediately after her arrival in Paris, told reporters that they did not discuss the Mirage deal. The situation in Europe, Afghanistan, Poland and West Africa were some of the topics on which the two leaders were understood to have exchanged their views. President Mitterrand is believed to have given his assessment of the events in Poland.

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