French defence minister begins two-day Saudi trip

5th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

French Defence Minister Herve Morin on Saturday began a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, an important customer for the French defence industry.

Morin was due to meet Saudi Deputy Defence Minister Prince Khaled bin Sultan in the Red Sea city of Jeddah to discuss "questions of regional security and cooperation on defence," a diplomatic source said.

The French minister was also expected to meet King Abdullah.

In July last year, France and Saudi Arabia reached agreement on the sale to the Saudi airforce of three Airbus A330-MRTT military refuelling planes.

The two countries are also discussing the possible acquisition by the Saudi navy of helicopters and three FREMM frigates.

© 2010 AFP

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