Indian Air Force Rafale Jets to Participate in Bastille Day Celebrations in Paris

New Delhi: As part of the military contingent, three Indian Air Force Rafale fighter jets are set to take part in the Bastille Day flypast over the Champs Elysees in Paris, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the guest of honor. This announcement was made in a release by the Indian government.

Bastille Day is a traditional French military parade held in Paris on July 14. Prime Minister Modi’s visit coincides with the 25th anniversary of the “strategic partnership” between France and India. Indian defense officials had previously confirmed that the Indian Air Force would deploy its fighter aircraft for the flypast during the event.

In addition to the flypast, the Indian military contingent will also participate in the marching contingent on Bastille Day.

At the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Modi will serve as the Guest of Honor on France’s National Day, July 14. Macron tweeted, “Dear Narendra, I am very happy to welcome you to Paris as a guest of honor at the July 14 parade.”

The Prime Minister’s visit is expected to mark the beginning of a new phase in the India-France Strategic Partnership, setting ambitious goals for cooperation in strategic, cultural, scientific, academic, and economic domains, including various industries, according to an official statement from the Indian Embassy in France.

India and France share a commitment to the goals and principles of the United Nations Charter, which form the foundation of their collaboration in the Indo-Pacific region. They also share a vision for peace and security, particularly in Europe and the Indo-Pacific.

“This historic visit by Prime Minister Modi will also facilitate joint initiatives to address the key challenges of our time, including climate change, biodiversity loss, and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. It will provide an opportunity for India and France to reaffirm their commitment to multilateralism, including within the framework of India’s G20 Presidency,” the official statement added.

The visit is expected to strengthen the bilateral ties between India and France and foster cooperation on global issues of mutual interest.

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