France grants Egypt 300m euros to develop Cairo metro
Ahram Online, Wednesday 19 Sep 2012
Foreign minister says France has agreed to provide further funds for building a new underground line


France has granted Egypt 300 million euros ($392 million) to help build a new underground line, the Egyptian foreign minister told reporters on Tuesday.

Mohamed Kamel Amr's announcement came after President Mohamed Morsi met in Cairo with French foreign minister Laurent Fabius. It was Morsi's first top level meetingwith officials from the Eurozone's second largest economy.



France has already provided significant technical assistance and financial support in building Cairo's underground -- or Metro -- which first opened in 1987. The capital currently has three underground lines.



Fabius, for his part, hailed the strong relationship between France and Egypt.



Morsi and recently-elected French president Francois Hollande will meet for the first time at a United Nations gathering in New York City in October.

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