PARIS, April 29 (Reuters) – France will increase its defence
budget by 3.8 billion euros ($4.2 billion) over four years from
2016 to ensure the army can tackle problems at home and maintain
missions abroad, notably in Africa and the Middle East,
President Francois Hollande said.
“France is facing big threats internally and externally,”
Hollande told reporters on Wednesday after a defence cabinet
meeting. “Security, protection and independence are principles
that are not negotiable.”
PARIS (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday he had ordered 36 “ready-to-fly” French-made Rafale fighter jets to modernise his country’s ageing warplane fleet as neighbouring states upgraded their military hardware.
Indian military officials have warned that their air force risks a major capability gap opening up with China and Pakistan without new western warplanes or if local defence contractors cannot produce what the military needs in a timely manner.
PARIS (Reuters) – India is close to finalizing a deal for dozens of Rafale fighter jets during its Prime Minister’s visit to France on Friday, four French officials said, an agreement that would come after three years of talks between the two countries on a larger contract.
Le Monde newspaper reported earlier on Friday that talks centered on the purchase of 63 Rafale jets for 7.2 billion euros ($7.7 billion).
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 2 (Reuters) – Iran and world
powers reached a framework agreement on Thursday on curbing
Iran’s nuclear programme for at least a decade after eight days
of marathon talks in Switzerland.
The tentative agreement clears the way for talks on a future
comprehensive settlement that should allay Western fears that
Iran was seeking to build an atomic bomb and in return lift
economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 2 (Reuters) – The prospects for
a preliminary agreement between Iran and world powers on
Tehran’s nuclear programme were finely balanced between success
and collapse on Thursday, diplomats said.
The negotiations, aimed at blocking Iran’s capacity to build
a nuclear bomb in exchange for the lifting of sanctions on the
country, are bogged down over details of the accord even though
the broad outlines of an agreement have been reached.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Major powers and Iran negotiated into the early hours of Thursday on Tehran’s nuclear program two days past their deadline, with diplomats saying prospects for a preliminary agreement were finely balanced between success and collapse.
The negotiations, aimed at blocking Iran’s capacity to build a nuclear bomb in exchange for lifting sanctions, have become bogged down over crucial details of the accord, even as the broad outlines of an agreement have been reached.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Iran and major powers are close to agreeing a two- or three-page accord with specific numbers as the basis of a resolution of a 12-year standoff over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, officials have told Reuters.
As the French and German foreign ministers arrived in Switzerland on Saturday to join talks between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Western and Iranian officials familiar with the negotiations cautioned that they could still fail.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, March 27 (Reuters) – Major powers and
Iran were pushing each other for concessions on Friday ahead of
an end-March deadline for a preliminary nuclear deal, with
Tehran demanding an immediate end to sanctions and freedom to
continue sensitive atomic research, officials said.
Tehran and six major powers — the United States, Britain,
France, Germany, Russia and China — are meeting in Lausanne,
Switzerland, to hammer out a political framework accord by the
end of this month that would lay the foundations for a full deal
by June 30.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – The United States and Iran resumed negotiations on Thursday aimed at clinching a nuclear deal before a March 31 deadline, and officials close to the talks said some kind of preliminary agreement between Tehran and six powers was possible.
As the talks began, Washington and Tehran took opposing stands on Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen against rebels allied to Iran who are fighting to oust the country’s president, but it was unclear whether this would affect the nuclear talks.
JERUSALEM/PARIS (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has begun to signal that Israel could resign itself to an Iranian nuclear deal that would leave its enemy with some uranium enrichment capability, a compromise he has long opposed.
The shift seems surprising given Netanyahu’s contentious speech to the U.S. Congress earlier this month in which he argued against world powers letting Tehran keep thousands of uranium centrifuges and remain on possible course to a bomb.