CAIRO: Egypt and France officially signed Saturday a military deal of purchasing two Mistral-class warships from France, Youm7 reported.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls attended the ceremony of the signature in the Presidential Palace.
Valls chaired a high-profiled delegation including Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian and number of French representatives in trade and industrial fields. During his visit, Valls will inaugurate a new headquarters for the Lycee Francais School in Heliopolis, according to a statement from the French embassy in Cairo Wednesday.
Relations, particularly military, between both countries have been strengthened during Sisi’s term. The value of Saturday’s purchase deal was not announced.
Both countries have been in negotiation since Oct. 1 over a deal to purchase “a number of NH90 medium helicopters,” the U.S. Avian Magazine AIN Online reported Monday, adding that the Saudi Arabia could be funding the new deal.
In June, Egypt’s Ministry of Defense signed a deal with French company Sagem to deliver armament air-sol modular (AASM) Hammer air-to-ground missiles for the country’s air force.
Egypt will buy four naval corvettes from France for 1 billion Euros ($1.1 billion), an anonymous French official told AFP on July 26. On April 16, DCNS announced that it has started to construct the first Gowind corvette to Egypt in the modern naval shipyard of Lorient.
On Feb. 16, Egypt signed a deal with French Dassault Aviation to buy 24 Rafale fighter jets that participated in the 6 August inauguration of New Suez Canal that attended by French President François Hollande.