India summons US envoy over sale of fighter jets to Pakistan

India Saturday summoned the US ambassador to Delhi to convey its "disappointment and displeasure" over Washington's plan to sell fighter jets to neighbour and rival Pakistan.

"We disagree with their rationale that such arms transfers help to combat terrorism," the Foreign Minsitry said. "The record of the last many years in this regard speaks for itself."

The proposed deal, for 699.04 million dollars, would include eight Lockheed Martin F-16s, radars, training and logistics support, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in its regulatory notification in Washington Friday.

"This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded," it said.

The deal would improve Pakistan's ability to meet security threats and would not alter the military balance of the region, the agency said.

Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar summoned Ambassador Richard Verma and told him that India was deeply concerned, ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said.

Nuclear-capable South Asian neighbours India and Pakistan have fought three wars since their independence from British rule in 1947. Two of these wars have been over the disputed Kashmir region.

India also claims that Pakistan shelters and aids militants who carry out terrorist acts in India, a charge that Islamabad denies.

Last update: Tue, 28/06/2016 - 17:25

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