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France to sell Egypt 30 fighter jets in $4.5 bln deal -report

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France is in advanced talks to sell 30 Rafale fighter jets to Egypt, a government source said on Monday, in a 3.75 billion euro ($4.5 billion) deal which investigative website Disclose said could be sealed as soon as Tuesday.

President Emmanuel Macron said in December he would not make the sale of weapons to Egypt 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.

"Very advanced discussions have indeed taken place with Egypt and announcements could be made very soon," a French governmental source told Reuters in response to the Disclose report on Monday, while declining to give further details.

Citing confidential documents, Disclose said an agreement had been concluded at the end of April and that a deal could be sealed on Tuesday when an Egyptian delegation arrives in Paris.

It would be a further boost for the Dassault-made (AVMD.PA) warplane after finalising in January a 2.5 billion euro agreement for the sale of 18 Rafales to Greece.

The Egyptian accord also reportedly covers contracts for missile provider MBDA (AVMD.PA) and equipment provider Safran Electronics & Defense (SAF.PA) which are worth another 200 million euros.

France's finance, foreign and armed forces ministries were not immediately available for comment. Egyptian officials were also not immediately available for comment.

France was the main weapons supplier to Egypt between 2013-2017, including the sale of 24 warplanes with an option for 12 more. Those contracts dried up, including deals for more Rafale jets and warships that had been at an advanced stage.

Diplomats said that was as much to do with financing issues over fears about Cairo's long-term ability to repay state-backed guaranteed loans, however, rather than concerns Paris had with the human rights situation in Egypt.

Benedicte Jeannerod, Human Rights Watch Director for France, denounced the deal outright.

"By signing a mega-arms contract with (Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-)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 Reuters.

Disclose said financing for the deal would be up to 85% guaranteed by the French state with BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole, Societe Generale and CIC, which funded the original deal, signing up again. The banks were not immediately available for comment.

With both countries concerned by the political vacuum in Libya, instability across the region and the threat from jihadist groups in Egypt, they have cultivated closer economic and military ties during Sisi’s rise to power.

Rights organisations have accused Macron of turning a blind eye to what they say are increasing violations of freedoms by Sisi's government.

French officials dismiss this and say Paris is following a policy of not openly criticising countries over human rights so as to be more effective in private on a case by case basis.

($1 = 0.8296 euros)

 

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Haan woh bhi de dien. Unki bhi meharbani. :-)

France bhi apna maal unko bhi baichne ke chakkar mien hai. Paisa paisa paisa. :-)
Arabs have been generous with Pakistan all the time.
Pakistan only need to stop sending militants to Arab lands... and we'll win goodies automatically.
 

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Pakistan only need to stop sending militants to Arab lands... and we'll win goodies automatically. Arabs has been generous with Pakistan all the time.
Hopefully with the border fencing and actions by farishtas (disappearances that are happening) the wild wild west will be civilized soon.

Aye arab dost, kuchh arab ke orders idher bhi de do.
 
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From where egypt is getting these money

In last 5 yrs tgey bought
Rafale
SU 35
MIG 35
FREMM FRIGATE
LHD FROM FRANCE
APACHES
CHIIKOOK
ETC


we and egypt has same economy but yet they r buying these weapons like toys
 

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From where egypt is getting these money

In last 5 yrs tgey bought
Rafale
SU 35
MIG 35
FREMM FRIGATE
LHD FROM FRANCE
APACHES
CHIIKOOK
ETC


we and egypt has same economy but yet they r buying these weapons like toys
Could be loan from France and that will be paid yearly
 

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Hopefully with the border fencing and actions by farishtas (disappearances that are happening) the wild wild west will be civilized soon.

Aye arab dost, kuchh arab ke orders idher bhi de do.
It's more of an issue of figuring out what Egyptian military-run businesses are doing that our military-run firms aren't. I can't help but feel the Egyptians have learned the art of "delegation" and put business people in charge of their companies, and now they're signing big cheques.
 

Bilal.

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It's more of an issue of figuring out what Egyptian military-run businesses are doing that our military-run firms aren't. I can't help but feel the Egyptians have learned the art of "delegation" and put business people in charge of their companies, and now they're signing big cheques.
Our priority should be getting big cheques Norma writing them. We have been stuck at 100 mil odd export since almost two decades while similar export size countries have move to couple of billions now.
 

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From where egypt is getting these money

In last 5 yrs tgey bought
Rafale
SU 35
MIG 35
FREMM FRIGATE
LHD FROM FRANCE
APACHES
CHIIKOOK
ETC


we and egypt has same economy but yet they r buying these weapons like toys
money grants from UAE and KSA, add to that most of these toys were financed through long term loans.
 

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