Gilani said this while talking to French Defence Minister Gerard Longuet, who called on him. Hours after his arrival in the French capital, the prime minister said Pakistan attached greater importance to its ties with France, and termed it a reliable and dependable friend.
France has been a supplier of military hardware to Pakistan and hence the Pakistan Air Force possessed the largest worldwide fleet of Mirages III and V. Pakistan Navy is also using three Agosta 90 class submarines, that are also undergoing upgradation with the French cooperation.
The two countries are also in talks to augment their defence ties. France had offered military assistance to Pakistan to strengthen its capabilities to fight terrorism and both the sides are in talks for the provision of French military hardware, including helicopters and ammunition to Pakistan.
Talking to the French defence minister, Prime Minister Gilani said modern defence equipment could help Pakistan in the ongoing military operation against extremists and terrorists. app