2 June 2016
Egypt is set to take possession of the first of two advanced warships from France, in a deal worth nearly $1 billion (close to 200 billion in naira).
The Mistral helicopter carriers were originally built for Russia, but the contract was cancelled after Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.
The French and Egyptian defence Ministers are expected to attend the handover ceremony in the port of Saint-Nazaire.
The ship has been named Gamal Abdel Nasser, after the former Egyptian President.
Relations between France and Egypt have existed for centuries, from their first treaty in the 1500s.
Despite conflicts in the 1950’s over Algeria’s independence, cultural tie and relations between the two countries are important and will be relevant in world politics.