CAIRO: French President Francois Hollande will visit Egypt mid-April to “deepen strategic relations” upon an invitation by his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, according to a Thursday statement by the Elysee Palace.
Hollande’s tour to the Middle East will begin with Lebanon, followed by Egypt then Jordan from April 16-19. Sisi visited France in November 2014 in one of his first visits after assuming presidency in June 2014.
Hollande also attended the inauguration of the New Suez Canal in August 2015.
Egypt and France signed a $5.9-billion deal in February 2015 to purchase 24 Rafale warplanes; Cairo has received six thus far.
In October 2015, Egypt and France officially signed a military deal on two Mistral-class warships. Egypt will receive two of the helicopter carriers in June and September, AFP reported.