Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi meeting with French delegation of aerospace company Dassault Aviation on Tuesday in Cairo, 4 December 2018 (Photo courtesy Egypt's presidential spokesperson official Facebook page)
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi hailed on Tuesday Egypt's cooperation with French aerospace company Dassault Aviation, which manufactured Egypt's Rafale fighter aircraft.
The president stressed Egypt's keenness to maintain and develop cooperation with the French company given its unique expertise in the aeronautics industry.
President El-Sisi's comments were made at a meeting with Dassault Aviation CEO Éric Trappier, which was attended by Defence Minister Mohamed Zaki and the head of General Intelligence Abbas Kamel, presidency spokesman Bassam Radi said on Tuesday.
Trappier praised Egypt's efforts in maintaining stability and security in the Middle East, highlighting the vital role the country plays in international anti-terrorism efforts.
Trappier also expressed his company's appreciation for the cooperation with Egypt, affirming its keenness to enhance this cooperation and help Egypt upgrade its military capabilities.
Egypt has made several purchases of French military hardware in recent years.
In April 2017, Egypt received three Dassault Aviation-built Rafale fighter jets from France, the third batch from a deal signed in 2015. The deal involves the sale of 24 Rafale jets and a FREMM (Frégate Européenne Multi-Missions) multipurpose frigate.
The most recent purchase was a Gowind 2500 Corvette naval vessel, which arrived in Alexandria in October 2017.
The vessel is one of four such models purchased by Egypt in a deal signed in 2014.