September 23, 2015 / 11:17 AM / 2 years ago

Hollande, Sissi agree on sale of Mistral warships to Egypt

PARIS, Sept 23 (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi have agreed on the purchase by Egypt of the two French Mistral helicopter carriers whose planned sale to Russia was cancelled.

“They agreed on the principle and the terms of the acquisition by Egypt of the two” Mistral warships, Hollande’s office said in a statement on Wednesday.

France, whose navy already operates three of the Mistral helicopter carriers, has no use for the ships, whose sale to Russia was scrapped due to the Ukraine crisis. (Reporting by James Regan; Editing by John Irish)

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