MilitaryEgypt signs deal to buy 30 Rafale Fighter jets from France

Egypt signs deal to buy 30 Rafale Fighter jets from France

PARIS – Egypt and France sign a secrect agreement for additional 30 Rafale fighter jets in the region of €3.9 billion according to “Disclose” Investigative website.

The deal also includes a €200 million contract destined for buying equipment & munitions package for the jets.

In December, President Emmanuel Macron said he would not make the sale of weapons to Cairo conditional on human rights because he did not want to weaken Cairo’s ability to counter-terrorism in the region, a comment that drew the ire of critics.

“By signing a mega-arms contract with [Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-] Sisi’s government while the latter presides over the worst repression in decades in Egypt, the eradication of the human rights community in the country and undertakes extremely serious violations under the pretext of the fight against terrorism, France is only encouraging this ruthless repression,” Jeannerod told the Reuters news agency.

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Elysee Palace in Paris during his official visit to France, December 7, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Tamer al-Refai Egyptian Army Spokesperson  said on Twitter that an agreement was signed between the Egyptian Armed Forces and France’s Dassault Aviation SA.

He further  noted that the deal was made through a financing loan to be repaid over at least 10 years.

However, he did not mention the value of the deal. Disclose also noted that the Egyptian state has obtained a loan of which 85% is to be guaranteed by France.

Al-Refai also recalled that a similar agreement on the purchase of 24 Rafale fighter jets was made between Cairo and Paris in 2015.

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