Head of the French Institute of Higher National Defence Studies (IHEDN) Bernard de Courreges D'ustou said on Sunday that he expects more military joint training exercises to take place between Egypt and France.
The mission, compromised of 50 members from the Paris-based IHEDN, arrived for a one-week visit to Cairo aimed at studying the situation in Egypt as part of strategic studies being conducted on countries including Egypt, head of the national activities department at the institutions Bruno Sarrade told Ahram Online.
The 50 members, accompanied by the French Ambassador to Cairo André Parant, gave a press conference while they visited the Al-Ahram Building, home of Egypt’s largest news organisation.
During the press conference, D'ustou said that during the past two years Egypt has been buying technologically-advanced warships which necessitate intense and frequent joint training and maneuvers.
Egypt previously purchased 24 Rafale fighter jets, a FREMM frigate, and two Mistral amphibious assault ships from France. The jet deal alone amounted to 5.2 billion Euros.
Meanwhile, the French Ambassador to Cairo noted that France is currently ranked as the number one foreign investor in Egypt.
According to Sarrade, one third of members of the mission are compromised of military personnel, while the two-thirds are entrepreneurs, officials from ministries and some other officials.
The mission is expected to meet with Egyptian officials starting Sunday, and is later scheduled to travel to Alexandria to visit the maritime military forces.
While touring the Al-Ahram Building, the mission heard from Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies expert Hassan Abu Taleb, as well as from a political science expert and the editor of Le Monde Diplomatique Arabic.