sábado, 14 de fevereiro de 2015

Egypt becomes first buyer of French fighter Rafale

The France obtained the first contract of exporting Rafale. The Egypt will purchase 24 fighter planes. The French Government tried to sell the replacement at the Mirage since the project was launched three decades ago.

The Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, accepted yesterday the terms of the contract which will be signed on Monday in Cairo. The deal expected to cost 5.2 billion includes a frigate multimissões and short-and medium-range missiles.

The French President, François Hollande, justified the deal with security imperatives:

"Why the French State made a number of efforts in the field of financing? It wasn't just because we have Rafales to sell but because I consider that in the current context it is very important that Egypt can act in the interests of stability and security. "

The contract is funded by a credit institution and French Rafale manufacturing involves half a thousand Gallic companies.

General al-Sissi drove from power the then President Morsi in 2013. The Egypt is confronted with a jihadist uprising in Sinai, affiliated to the Group Islamic State.

John Peseiro Monteiro | With AFP, REUTERS

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