French delegation arrives in Cairo prior to Hollande’s visit
French President Francois Hollande (R) and Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arrive for a bilateral meeting during the opening day of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, November 30, 2015. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

CAIRO: A high-level French delegation arrived in Cairo Thursday to prepare for French President Francois Hollande’s upcoming visit to Egypt scheduled to start Sunday, Youm7 reported.

The delegation comprises of seven officials from the French presidency and Foreign Ministry, a Cairo Airport source told Youm7, adding that the delegation is the third of its kind in a week ahead of Hollande’s visit.

During the visit, the two leaders are expected to sign 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion) worth of deals on warships and a military satellite as a part of Egypt’s efforts to boost its military capabilities to fight ongoing militancy in the restive Sinai Peninsula, Al Ahram reported earlier this month.

The French President previously visited Egypt in August 2015 to attend the inauguration of the new Suez Canal.

Egypt and France have signed several military deals, including the purchase by Egypt of 24 Rafale fighter jets and a frigate in June 2015.

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