CAIRO: French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian left Egypt Tuesday after paying a one-day visit to discuss bilateral military cooperation and the threats posed by the Islamic State (IS), as well as other regional issues of Syria and Libya, MENA reported.
Le Drian met Monday with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and his Egyptian counterpart Sedki Sobhi to discuss political and military cooperation. The French Minister confirmed that his country keeps providing Egypt the military shipments especially armored vehicles.
“Cairo and Paris share a close relationship in all fields, especially the military field, which reflects the desire of both parties to promote security cooperation to face the risks of globalization of terrorism in the Middle East,” he said in an interview with MENA published Tuesday.
Regarding surveillance flights that France had sent to Iraq, Le Drian said the operation aims to ascertain how big the growing danger of the Al-Qaeda inspired militants of Islamic State is, noting the operation aims also to contain the threat of terrorism through deploying 3,000 troops to enhance military capability in the Sahel region of Africa.
Le Drian arrived Monday in Cairo after a visit to the United Arab Emirates, where he visited Al-Dhafra Airbase to discuss international efforts to combat IS.