CAIRO (Sputnik) – The French government announced earlier in the day that President Francois Hollande and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Sisi had reached an agreement on the purchase of two Mistrals.
"With regard to what has been announced by the French side on the terms of the transaction [or] handover dates, then I have no official comment on this topic at this moment," Mohamed Samir said.
Samir suggested that statements on military contracts were usually reserved for high-level government representatives rather than the Egyptian army.
France and Russia terminated a $1.3-billion contract last month following Hollande’s suspension of the warships’ deliveries late last year over the Ukrainian conflict.
Paris repaid Moscow around $1 billion as compensation for the breached contract.