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Jun 23, 2015

China may buy 50-70 Airbus A330 jets: sources

PARIS (Reuters) – Airbus is in talks to sell some 50-70 A330 wide-body jets to China as part of plans to set up a new industrial plant in the world’s fastest-growing aviation market, sources familiar with the discussions said on Tuesday.

Airbus has been negotiating for about 18 months to establish an A330 cabin-completion center in China alongside its existing final assembly plant for smaller A320 jets at the northern port city of Tianjin.

Jun 21, 2015

France says Iran deal ‘still not clear’ as deadline nears

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Sunday it was unclear whether an international deal could be reached on Iran’s nuclear program by a June 30 deadline.

Fabius has said he would meet his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday to assess where Iran stands ahead of the final round of talks on its nuclear program, which begin later in the week.

Jun 21, 2015

Israel’s Netanyahu takes aim at French peace initiative

JERUSALEM, West Bank (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prefaced talks about a French-led peace initiative on Sunday by saying foreign powers were trying to dictate terms to Israel for a deal with the Palestinians.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, on a two-day visit to the Middle East, urged Israel not to prejudge his efforts and warned of the dangers of continued stalemate.

Jun 21, 2015

Inaction on peace risks setting Israeli-Palestinian conflict “ablaze” – France

CAIRO (Reuters) – French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius warned Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday that the stalemate in the peace process risked setting the conflict “ablaze” and urged both sides to return to the negotiating table quickly.

U.S.-led efforts to broker a so-called two-state solution collapsed in April 2014 and leaders on both sides have since been weakened politically. But with the region’s crises worsening and Washington reassessing its options on relations with Israel, France sees a narrow window to resume negotiations.

Jun 20, 2015

Inaction on Mideast peace risks setting conflict ‘ablaze’: France

CAIRO (Reuters) – French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius warned Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday that the stalemate in the peace process risked setting the conflict “ablaze” and urged both sides to return to the negotiating table quickly.

U.S.-led efforts to broker peace for a two-state solution collapsed in April 2014 and leaders on both sides have since been weakened politically. But with the region’s crises worsening and Washington reassessing its options on U.S.-Israel relations, France sees a narrow window to resume negotiations.

Jun 19, 2015

France’s Fabius heads to Mideast to sell peace initiative

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s foreign minister heads to the Middle East this weekend with an initiative aimed at bringing Israel and the Palestinians back to peace talks under an international framework amid growing regional instability.

U.S.-led efforts to broker peace for a two-state solution collapsed in April 2014 and leaders on both sides have since been weakened politically. But with the region’s crises worsening and Washington reassessing its options on U.S.-Israel relations, France sees a narrow window to resume negotiations.

Jun 16, 2015

Iran urges France not to miss out on $80 billion of transport deals

PARIS (Reuters) – Iran’s transport minister said on Tuesday there was about $80 billion worth of business up for grabs in his sector, including the renewal of the country’s air fleet, but warned France it risked missing out unless it changed its stance toward Tehran.

France is one of six world powers negotiating with Iran over its disputed nuclear program and has been one of the toughest in pressing for restrictions to prevent it from acquiring an atomic bomb, although it denies seeking one.

Jun 10, 2015

France nears 1 bln euro Kuwait deal to sell Airbus helicopters

PARIS, June 10 (Reuters) – France is on the verge of
finalising a contract worth about 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion)
for the sale of 24 Airbus-built military helicopters to Kuwait,
a deal that highlights Paris’ growing commercial ties in the
Middle East, officials said.

The contract – the latest to be agreed between Paris and a
Gulf Arab state, comes after French President Francois Hollande
was invited by Gulf Arab leaders in May to address their summit
in Saudi Arabia, a rare privilege for a foreign head of state.

Jun 4, 2015

France’s Orange plans to end brand licensing deal in Israel

PARIS, June 4 (Reuters) – Israel protested to France on
Thursday after the head of partly state-owned French telecom
giant Orange said it intended to end a brand licensing
deal with an Israeli firm, drawing accusations it was bending to
a pro-Palestinian boycott movement.

Commenting on remarks in Cairo on Wednesday by Orange CEO
Stephane Richard, the French company said in Paris that
terminating the arrangement with Israel’s Partner Communications
was a business decision, not a political one.

Jun 3, 2015

Qatar says air strikes ineffective without Iraqi national dialogue

PARIS (Reuters) – Qatar said on Wednesday coalition air strikes in Iraq were hopeless without a real push for national reconciliation and that the door should be left open to those who leave al-Qaeda’s Syrian wing.

Speaking a day after a meeting of countries fighting Islamic State, Khaled al-Attiyah said the international community was not doing enough to pressure all parties in Iraq to start national reconciliation.