Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met on Wednesday with Eric Trappier, the CEO of Dassault Aviation — manufacturer of Rafale fighter jets — in Paris to discuss ways of bolstering cooperation.
According to the Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady, the meeting tackled aspects of cooperation with the French company, given its well-established experiences in military industries and the latest technological and technical systems.
Trappier expressed his pride in Dassault Aviation’s long-standing cooperation with Egypt in the fields of security and defence, according to Rady.
He also said his company is keen on pursuing and reinforcing cooperation to support the "balanced and rational role" Egypt is playing in the interest of regional stability and security, as well as to support its "leading role", in light of international efforts, in combating terrorism.
During the meeting, President El-Sisi highlighted the "huge" challenges facing the region, which he said requires utilising the latest technological systems in the field of security and defence equipment.
"This is the strategic approach to which Egypt adheres to in order to maintain its security, territorial integrity, borders, people’s capabilities, and the stability and security of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East," El-Sisi added.
Earlier today, El-Sisi met with France's Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and Pierre-Eric Pommellet, the CEO of France's Naval Group — a European leader in naval defence and shipbuilding.
El-Sisi flew to Paris on Sunday. In the last two days, he has met with French President Emmanuel Macron, France's defence and foreign ministers, the mayor of Paris, and other officials and businessmen.