French President Hollande to visit Cairo mid April: Egypt’s Cabinet
French President Francois Hollande waits for a guest at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, December 2, 2015.REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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CAIRO: French President François Hollande will visit Cairo in mid-April, announced the Egyptian Cabinet Monday.

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail held a meeting with all concerned ministers to prepare for Hollande’s visit during which he will tackle with his counterpart Abdel Fatah al-Sisi cooperation in many fields and the international and regional issues, the statement added.

Hollande participated in the inauguration ceremony of the new Suez Canal on Aug. 6 as an “honorary guest.”

The relations between both countries have recently been enhanced, particularly in the military field; In June 2015, the Egyptian navy received a European multipurpose frigate from a shipyard in Lorient, western France, weighing 6,000 tons measuring 142 meters long. In January, the Egyptian air fleet received six out of 24 Rafale fighter jets per a $5.9-billion deal signed in February between both countries.

Egypt will receive two Mistral helicopter Carriers from France in June and September, an anonymous source told AFP on Feb. 6, 2016.

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