PM backs Bharti's efforts to acquire stakes in MTN

"As far as MTN issue is concerned, I mentioned it to (President) Zuma. I sincerely hope that this deal would go through and there will be no discrimination against it," he told reporters in reply to a question at a press conference here.

Singh said officials of the two countries would discuss the issue.
Bharti and MTN are looking at an USD 23 billion deal to create the world's third largest mobile firm with over 200 million subscribers. According to the initial agreement, MTN and its shareholders would acquire 36 per cent stake in Bharti and Bharti would acquire 49 per cent stake in MTN.

The process would see a USD 13 billion transaction in cash and USD 10 billion in shares.

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