According to the reports, The biggest international order ever made for the French jets came as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed a record 14-billion-euro contract for 80 Rafale warplanes and committed billions of euros in other deals.
As per details, The French President Emmanuel Macron during the Gulf tour held talks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed at the start of a 2-day trip which will also take in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
The UAE, one of the French defence industry’s biggest customers, also signed an order for 12 Caracal military transport helicopters for a total bill of more than 17 billion euros.
Emmanuel Macron told the journalists in Dubai that “French engagement in the region, active cooperation in the fight against terrorism and the clear positions we have taken have allowed us to grow closer with the United Arab Emirates,”.
Macron further said that “And at a time when questions are being asked about other long-term partners, I think this reinforces the position of France,” added that describing France as a “solid” and “trustworthy” ally that “sticks to its commitments”.
The Mubadala sovereign wealth fund of Abu Dhabi’s also pledged 8 billion euros in investments in French businesses, while the licence of the UAE capital’s branch of the Louvre art gallery was extended for 10 years to 2047.
According to a parliamentary report the United Arab Emirates was the 5th biggest customer for the French defence industry with 4.7 billion euros from 2011-2020.
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