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Egypt president opens first arms exhibition in Cairo

AFP  |  Cairo 

Egypt's inaugurated Monday the first arms fair organised in Cairo, where hundreds of companies are participating, state TV footage showed.

Sisi was seen cutting the ribbon along with French to open the exhibition, held on the outskirts of

The three-day show by one of the region's top military powers will be attended by officials from 40 countries, according to Egyptian authorities.

After the opening, Sisi was taken on a guided tour along with military officials of the massive fair, where according to authorities around 400 companies are exhibiting.

"The .. seeks to acquire strength from its cooperation with countries that value security and peace to roll back all forms of aggression on Egyptian soil," said at the opening ceremony.

He was due to hold talks with his French counterpart and the Egyptian later on Monday, according to a statement by the French defence ministry.

Military cooperation between and has significantly increased since Sisi took office in 2014.

The following year signed deals worth six billion euros to purchase 24 fighter jets from France, as well as other such as warships and missiles.

International human rights organisations have long accused of using weapons originated in against civilians to suppress opposition and activists, accusations has systemically denied.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 17:40 IST