AFRICANGLOBE – Egypt has secured deals for new military equipment from China during a visit there by Defence Minister Sedky Sobhi.
Sobhi and his Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan also signed joint manufacturing agreements during last week’s visit, according to state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram.
The officials conducted “fruitful and constructive talks in the fields of military cooperation and exchange of experiences between the armed forces of both countries”, an Egyptian Defence Ministry statement said on Saturday.
Egypt flies Chinese F-7 fighter jets and K-8 jet trainers, flying a model of the latter specifically developed for Egypt.
In August last year Wanquan met with Egyptian Vice Defense Minister Fouad Abdelhalim Elsayed Saad in Beijing where the two discussed boosting defence cooperation.
Of late Egypt has been looking outside the United States for military equipment after the US temporarily suspended arms deliveries in the wake of the military’s takeover of power from President Mohamed Mursi. The United States provides Egypt with over a billion dollars of military aid every year.
Egypt recently cemented defence ties with Spain and in March Sobhi visited Pakistan where he met with military chiefs and discussed defence cooperation, which will involve joint defence production projects. The two sides pledged to “explore areas of co-operation in defence especially in the field of education, training and defence production”.
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