Emmanuel Macron (right) and Abdel Fattah Al Sisi (left) hold a press conference at the presidential palace in Paris. AFP
Gulf Today Report
France welcomed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi with a cavalry parade through Paris on Monday.
Both states have cultivated closer economic and military ties during Sisi’s rise to power.
France and Egypt have concerns about instability across the Sahel, threats from militant groups in Egypt and the political vacuum in Libya.
President Macron said he would not condition the future sale of French arms to Egypt on any other issue because he did not want to weaken Cairo’s ability to counter terrorism in the region.
Emmanuel Macron (left) escorts Abdel Fattah Al Sisi (centre) at presidential palace in Paris on Monday. AFP
France views Egypt and its leader, President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, as a bulwark against militants in the Sinai peninsular and Libya. Read original article here.