Sisi arrives in France for talks with Macron on regional issues

El-Sisi arrived at Paris Orly Airport beginning a three-day state visit to France. (Egyptian Presidency)
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El-Sisi arrived at Paris Orly Airport beginning a three-day state visit to France. (Egyptian Presidency)
El-Sisi arrived at Paris Orly Airport beginning a three-day state visit to France. (Egyptian Presidency)
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El-Sisi arrived at Paris Orly Airport beginning a three-day state visit to France. (Egyptian Presidency)
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Updated 06 December 2020

Sisi arrives in France for talks with Macron on regional issues

Sisi arrives in France for talks with Macron on regional issues
  • The centerpiece of the visit will be talks with the French president at the Elysee Palace
  • The leaders will discuss bilateral ties and joint political coordination regarding regional and international issues

CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Sunday began a three-day state visit to France in response to an invitation from President Emmanuel Macron. 
“The visit reflects both countries’ keenness to strengthen the strategic relations between them,” Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said.  
The leaders will discuss bilateral ties and joint political coordination regarding regional and international issues, Al-Ahram Newspaper said. 
El-Sisi arrived at Paris Orly Airport and was due later on Sunday to meet French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
The centerpiece of the visit will be talks with the French president at the Elysee Palace on Monday where Macron is expected to seek to cement the strong ties between Cairo and Paris.
The Egyptian president is also set to meet the French prime minister, a number of other ministers and senior officials, including the presidents of the country’s National Assembly and Senate.


Iranian Guard holds anti-warship ballistic missile drill

Iranian Guard holds anti-warship ballistic missile drill
Updated 16 January 2021

Iranian Guard holds anti-warship ballistic missile drill

Iranian Guard holds anti-warship ballistic missile drill
  • Footage showed two missiles smash into a target that Iranian state television described as “hypothetical hostile enemy ships”
  • In recent weeks, Iran has increased its military drills as the country tries to pressure President-elect Joe Biden over the nuclear accord

TEHRAN, Iran: Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard conducted a drill Saturday launching anti-warship ballistic missiles at a simulated target in the Indian Ocean, state television reported, amid heightened tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program and a US pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic.
Footage showed two missiles smash into a target that Iranian state television described as “hypothetical hostile enemy ships” at a distance of 1,800 kilometers (1,120 miles). The report did not specify the type of missiles used.
In the first phase of the drill Friday, the Guard’s aerospace division launched surface-to-surface ballistic missiles and drones against “hypothetical enemy bases.” Iranian state television described the drill as taking place in the country’s vast central desert, the latest in a series of snap exercises called amid the escalating tensions over its nuclear program. Footage also showed four unmanned, triangle-shaped drones flying in a tight formation, smashing into targets and exploding.
Tensions between Washington and Tehran have increased amid a series of incidents stemming from President Donald Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers. Amid Trump’s final days as president, Tehran has recently seized a South Korean oil tanker and begun enriching uranium closer to weapons-grade levels, while the US has sent B-52 bombers, the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier and a nuclear submarine into the region.
In recent weeks, Iran has increased its military drills as the country tries to pressure President-elect Joe Biden over the nuclear accord, which he has said America could reenter.
Iran fired cruise missiles Thursday as part of a naval drill in the Gulf of Oman, state media reported, under surveillance of what appeared to be a US nuclear submarine. Iran’s navy did not identify the submarine at the time, but on Saturday, a news website affiliated with state television said the vessel was American. Helicopter footage of the exercise released Thursday by Iran’s navy showed what resembled an Ohio-class guided-missile submarine, the USS Georgia, which the US Navy last month said had been sent to the Arabian Gulf.
Iran has missile capability of up to 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles), far enough to reach archenemy Israel and US military bases in the region. Last January, after the US killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad, Tehran retaliated by firing a barrage of ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing US troops, resulting in brain concussion injuries to dozens of them.
Trump in 2018 unilaterally withdrew the US from Iran’s nuclear deal, in which Tehran had agreed to limit its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Trump cited Iran’s ballistic missile program among other issues in withdrawing from the accord.
When the US then increased sanctions, Iran gradually and publicly abandoned the deal’s limits on its nuclear development.