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Mistral warships to be delivered to Egypt in the first half of 2016

Egypt signed a deal with France to buy two Mistral warships in early October

Ahram Online , Monday 26 Oct 2015
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The two Mistral-class helicopter carriers Sevastopol (L) and Vladivostok are seen at the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard site in Saint-Nazaire, western France, May 25, 2015. (Photo:Reuters)
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France is to deliver two Mistral warships most likely in the first half of the 2016, the French ambassador to Egypt told state news agency MENA on Monday.

Andre Baran said that France is about finalise all issues related to the deal but he believes that the delivery of the warships will not take place before the end of 2015.  

Egypt signed the deal with France to buy the two Mistral warships at a joint press conference in early October.

The conference was attended by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Egyptian Defence Minister Sedky Sobhi and French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

A French delegation arrived to Egypt ahead of the deal, including French Prime Minister Manuel Valls as well as 63 diplomats and journalists.

The two Mistral warships were originally built by France for Russia before the sale was scrapped because of the Ukraine crisis.

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Al
27-10-2015 02:26am
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35-hour week
Relying on French productivity, permanent strikes, 50 days of public holiday, and 35-hour week ... It might be the first half of 2020. Maybe this is the silver lining to give the Egyptian economy a room to breath before they start paying $ million/month for O&M!
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Tut
26-10-2015 09:27pm
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Perfect
Just as foreign reserves reaches all time low of $12b, which is only 2 months to pay for food imports! Great job Cabinet.
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Tut is wrong
27-10-2015 01:44am
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We still haven't payed anything
You do realise that we just bought these two ships at credit, right? Not to mention the huge discount we got.
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