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Egypt, France enhance defence cooperation

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his Defence Minister General Sedki Sobhi met with French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian before the signing of military contracts on February 16, 2015 at the presidential palace in the capital Cairo. Eric Trappier, chief executive officer of France's Dassault Aviation, signed a multi-billion-euro contract for Rafale fighter jets, with Egypt agreeing to buy 24 of the warplanes.\n

Egypt, France enhance defence cooperation
(LtoR) French Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his Defence Minister General Sedki Sobhi (R) pose after signing military contracts on February 16, 2015 at the presidential palace in the capital Cairo. Eric Trappier, chief executive officer of France's Dassault Aviation, signed a multi-billion-euro contract for Rafale fighter jets, with Egypt agreeing to buy 24 of the warplanes. (AFP/Getty Images)
Egypt, France enhance defence cooperation
Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) his Defence Minister General Sedki Sobhi (3rdR) meet with French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (4thL) before the signing of military contracts on February 16, 2015 at the presidential palace in the capital Cairo. Eric Trappier, chief executive officer of France's Dassault Aviation, signed a multi-billion-euro contract for Rafale fighter jets, with Egypt agreeing to buy 24 of the warplanes. (AFP/Getty Images)
Egypt, France enhance defence cooperation
French Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (L) and Egyptian Defence Minister General Sedki Sobhi (R) sign military contracts in the presence of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) on February 16, 2015 at the presidential palace in the capital Cairo. Eric Trappier, chief executive officer of France's Dassault Aviation, signed a multi-billion-euro contract for Rafale fighter jets, with Egypt agreeing to buy 24 of the warplanes. (AFP/Getty Images)
Egypt, France enhance defence cooperation
(LtoR) French Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as part of the signing of military contracts on February 16, 2015 at the presidential palace in the capital Cairo. Eric Trappier, chief executive officer of France's Dassault Aviation, signed a multi-billion-euro contract for Rafale fighter jets, with Egypt agreeing to buy 24 of the warplanes. (AFP/Getty Images)
Egypt, France enhance defence cooperation
Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation Eric Trappier (2nd R) shakes hands with Egypt major general Montasser Mayhop (R) after signing a contract for Rafale fighter jets, with Egypt agreeing to buy 24 of the warplanes in the presence of French Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (L) and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (2ndL) on February 16, 2015 at the presidential palace in the capital Cairo. 'Our two countries are pursuing a common struggle against terrorism,' Le Drian said during the signing ceremony. (AFP/Getty Images)
Egypt, France enhance defence cooperation
French shipbuilding group DCNS' CEO Herve Guillou (C-L) and Egypt general Ahmed Khaled (C-R) arrive to sign a contract for destroyer in the presence of French Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on February 16, 2015 at the presidential palace in the capital Cairo. Eric Trappier, chief executive officer of France's Dassault Aviation, signed a multi-billion-euro contract for Rafale fighter jets, with Egypt agreeing to buy 24 of the warplanes. (AFP/Getty Images)
Egypt, France enhance defence cooperation
Libyan security forces parade in the capital Tripoli, on February 16, 2015. The chaos in Libya since Moamer's Kadhafi's downfall has proven fertile ground for the Islamic State group, prompting increasing calls for foreign intervention to uproot the jihadists. (AFP/Getty Images)