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Sarkozy pitches fighter jets to Kuwait

Latest update : 2009-02-11

As part of a regional tour with earlier visits to Iraq and Oman, French President Nicolas Sarkozy touched down in Kuwait Wednesday, where he spoke of progress in the sale of Rafale fighter jets to the Gulf kingdom.

Read FRANCE 24's report "Sarkozy pushes business during surprise Baghdad visit"


FRANCE 24 with wires - French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced Wednesday that discussions with Kuwait for the potential purchase of  14 to 28 French “Rafale” combat aircraft by the Gulf kingdom could be completed before the end of 2009.
 
At a press conference in Kuwait City, the French president said that "discussions were progressing "and were "already quite advanced."
 
On Tuesday, Nicolas Sarkozy proposed to the Oman Sultanate to replace its twenty Franco-British “Jaguar” fighter-jets with the Rafale assault planes.

In Kuwait President Sarkozy also expressed at the news conference his "profound sorrow" at the killing in Afghanistan of a French army officer and his Afghan interpreter by insurgents.
 
The officer and his interpreter died earlier Wednesday in a battle that erupted when their patrol was hit by a home-made landmine, the French military and Afghan officials said.

 

Date created : 2009-02-11

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