Rafale induction stern message to those eyeing India’s sovereignty: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh has said the induction of Rafale jets come at a significant time given the current border situation and sends out a strong message to those eyeing India’s sovereignty.

Rajnath Singh said the induction of Rafale jets is a stern message for those who are creating trouble at the Indian borders. (PTI)

At the formal induction ceremony of the five Rafale jets delivered to India, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that the induction comes at a crucial juncture considering the current border situation India faces, hinting at the ongoing standoff with China in Ladakh.

Speaking at the ceremony, which was attended by French minister of armed forces Florence Parly, Rajnath Singh said, “Rafale induction is a big and stern message for the entire world, especially to those eyeing our sovereignty. This induction is important considering the kind of atmosphere at our borders or should I say the kind of atmosphere created at our borders.”

Rajnath Singh further said that the Rafale deal is a game changer for India’s national security. “Induction of the Rafale jets is an example of India’s commitment to border security and ensuring territorial integrity,” said the minister.

“We have to prepare ourselves with the changing times and national security is a major priority for PM Modi,” said Rajnath Singh.

He further added that India’s responsibility is not limited to its territorial boundary and that the government is are committed to maintaining peace in the Indo-Pacific, Indian Ocean Region as well.

“Induction of Rafale into IAF is a historic moment. I congratulate the armed forces and people of country on this occasion. Induction of Rafale into IAF reflects deep ties between India and France and we are successful in creating future-oriented ties,” said Rajnath Singh.

The first batch of five Rafale fighter jets were formally inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Thursday in a gala ceremony attended by top officials of the Indian and French governments. The ceremony was marked by a ‘Sarva Dharma Puja’ and an aerial display performed by the fighter jets. The five Rafale jets were given a water canon salute at the Ambala airbase.

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