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Egypt to Buy 30 French Dassault Rafale Fighter Jets for $4.5B

Egypt has signed a deal with France to purchase 30 Dassault Rafale fighter jets, the defense ministry said in a statement Tuesday, without giving details on the value of the deal.

The investigative media site and NGO Disclose has reported that the deal amounted to $4.5 billion, as the defense ministry said it would be repaid through a loan for over at least 10 years. 

French President Emmanuel Macron earlier said that he would rule out the selling of weapons to Egypt being dependent on human rights, to strengthen counter terrorism efforts. 

Disclose also revealed that the contract, which was signed on April 26, also included two other contracts with missile manufacturing consortium MBDA and avionics firm Safran Electronics & Defense worth 200 million euros. 

Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch Director for France, Bénédicte Jeannerod condemned the deal saying France is encouraging “ruthless repression” in Egypt.

“By signing a mega-arms contract with (Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-) Sisi’s government while the latter presides over the worst repression in decades in Egypt, the eradication of the human rights community in the country, and undertakes extremely serious violations under the pretext of the fight against terrorism, France is only encouraging this ruthless repression,” she told Reuters. 

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