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Ministry of External Affairs Official Spokesperson response to question on sale of F-16s by US to Pakistan

New Delhi
July 3, 2006 

Question: Has there been any reaction to the sale of F-16s by US to Pakistan? 

Official Spokesperson:
We have seen reports on this issue that the US is planning to supply Pakistan 18 new and 26 used F-16 aircrafts. This has been the subject of discussion with the US Government in the past. In fact, the Prime Minister himself has expressed disappointment at the US approach to President Bush. We can reiterate our position that this step is not conducive to improving ties between India and Pakistan.