CHANDIGARH, India, (APP) – France’s President Francois Hollande played down the prospects of a swift conclusion to a drawn-out deal for New Delhi to buy 36 French fighter jets as he began a three-day visit to India Sunday.

The invitation for Hollande to be chief guest at India’s Republic Day military parade on Tuesday had raised expectations that the multi-billion dollar agreement for the Rafale jets would finally
be nailed down.

But in an interview published hours ahead of his arrival, Hollande warned that while negotiations were making progress, agreement on the final details would still take time.