In a clear reference to cross border terrorism from Pakistan, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said the presence of terror infrastructure and state support to terrorists in the immediate neighbourhood are constantly testing India’s patience and New Delhi was exercising great restraint in dealing with it. She said both India and France have been victims of terrorism and that French government was playing a unique role in combating the menace. She made special mention about the continued presence of terrorist infrastructure and state support to terrorists in the immediate neighbourhood and that they are constantly testing India’s patience, according to a release issued by India’s defence ministry. Delivering her lecture on “India-France Defence Engagement in a Multipolar World”, Ms Sitharaman said her Paris visit is a reaffirmation of India’s commitment to the strategic partnership with France, especially in the critical areas of defence cooperation. “Under the new framework for defence industry in India, we are hoping to meet our defence requirements within a framework of joint manufacturing and technology driven partnerships,” she said.
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