Egypt’s Sisi meets Macron in Paris amid concerns over extremism

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, welcomes Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday Oct. 24, 2017. (AP)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi is meeting with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron during a three-day visit to France focusing on economic cooperation and the fight against extremism.

Macron and al-Sisi are expected to make a joint statement at the Elysee palace on Tuesday.

French authorities see Egypt as a key country in efforts to stabilize the troubled region.

Egypt has been struggling to contain an Islamic militant insurgency led by a local affiliate of ISIS group mostly in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula.

Egypt has concluded several arms deals with France since 2015, including the purchase of two French-made Mistral-class helicopter carriers, 24 French Rafale warplanes and missiles.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi is starting a three-day visit to France, where human rights are expected to be discussed along with economic and military cooperation. (AP)


Last Update: Tuesday, 24 October 2017 KSA 20:54 - GMT 17:54

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