Emmanuel Macron Defends French Arms Sales To Egypt

The French president met Egypt President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on the latter’s three day tour to France and refused to condition the sale of weapons to Egypt on grounds of respecting reciprocal interests and supporting the larger global fight against terrorism

Raghav N

December 8, 2020

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France’s President Emmanuel Macron refused to condition the sales of weapons to Egypt, citing that he believes in the concept of sovereignty and in respecting the reciprocal interests with his global partners. Further defending the sale of arms to the African nation, Macron said that it is more efficient to have a policy of demanding dialogue rather than acting in a way that would reduce its ally’s ability and effectiveness in fighting against terrorism.

This comes after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi visited the European country on a three-day tour. Both the leaders met at the Elysee Palace and discussed several matters.

Al-Sisi has procured fighter jets and warships from the western nation and continues to be a major client for several French companies. The Egyptian leader received a red-carpet welcome from his French counterpart as the growing close relationship between both the countries is being looked at an attempt by France to bring Egypt on board against Turkey.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has intervened militarily in Libya and Syria, eyeing Africa as his next target. Erdogan irked the French government further when he stated that the country should get rid of Macron.

As human rights activists tried to remind the French government of Cairo’s riots record under Al-Sisi, he defended his leadership by saying that what Egypt has done for its region and people cannot be termed as dictatorship.

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