Egypt has signed a contract with France to purchase 30 Rafale fighter jets, the Egyptian defence ministry said in a statement Tuesday.
It would be a deal worth at least 3.75 billion euros, reports research website Disclose.
According to Egypt, the purchase will be funded with a loan that will be repaid within at least ten years, but the defence ministry has not disclosed how much money is involved in the deal. The French ministries of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Armed Forces were not immediately available for comment, according to the British news agency Reuters.
France was the main arms supplier to Egypt between 2013-2017. At the time, 24 fighters were sold with an option for twelve more. Those contracts expired, including deals for more Rafale fighter jets and advanced warships.
French President Emmanuel Macron said in December that he would not make arms sales to Egypt dependent on human rights because he did not want to weaken Cairo’s ability to fight terrorism in the region. That comment aroused the ire of Human Rights Watch.