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Egypt, France launch joint naval drill in Red Sea

IANS  |  Cairo 

The Egyptian and French navies have started a joint drill in the Red Sea, the has said.

The exercises, scheduled to last several days, come within the framework of partnership and cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries, a statement said on Tuesday, reported.

A number of Egypt's naval units, including the Mistral helicopter carrier, frigates and rocket launchers, participated in the naval drill, along with several French boats and frigates, it added.

The joint drill aims to boost the maritime security and strengthen the combat efficiency of the naval forces of the two countries, in order to get ready for any joint missions under any circumstances, according to the statement.

The recent years have witnessed increasing military ties between and

In October 2015, and signed a contract worth $1 billion on the purchase of two French Mistral warships, which were delivered to in June and September 2016.

Last July, the received two fighter jets from as the fourth batch of a deal worth more than 5.2 billion euros ($6.1 billion), which was inked in February 2015.

The number of warplanes delivered to has so far grown to 11 out of a total of 24 stated in the deal.



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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 01:50 IST