French President Emmanuel Macaron said he did not discuss new arms deals with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during their meeting but said his country plans to discuss the issue with Egypt in the coming months.
“We will continue to work on this in the next few months,” McCron said during a joint press conference with Sissi on Monday at the Federal Palace in Cairo, commenting on the possibility of new deals for leading Egyptian fighter jets and aircraft.
McCron said that France had just handed over 23 of the 24 Rafale fighter jets signed by the two sides in 2015, worth 5.2 billion euros, and the latter would soon be supplied.
He stressed that he did not discuss with Sisi any new potential deals on the export of arms to Egypt, of which France is a major arms sellers.
On the other hand, McCron stressed the need for the Egyptian authorities to use French weapons for military purposes only to defend the country from external threats.
He pointed out that there is only one precedent for the use of French weapons in Egypt to suppress the demonstrations, which happened in 2013, and the authorities of France then held talks with the Egyptian side for clarification of the issue.
Talks were held today amid intensive calls by the international human rights organizations to exert pressure on Sisi during their meeting to change the situation with human rights in his country and to release the civilian activists and politicians detained because of their views.
Human rights organizations have called for a halt to the sale of French arms to Egyptian authorities.