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.
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.
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.
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.
PARIS, June 3 (Reuters) – Qatar’s Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah said on Wednesday there was “no way” his country would be stripped of its right to host the 2022 World Cup, accusing Qatar’s critics of an anti-Arab campaign.
“It is very difficult for some to digest that an Arab Islamic country has this tournament, as if this right can’t be for an Arab state,” he told Reuters in an interview in Paris a day after FIFA President Sepp Blatter resigned.
PARIS/DOHA (Reuters) – Qatar said on Wednesday there was no way it would be stripped of the right to host the World Cup despite the corruption scandal surrounding FIFA, dismissing a “bashing campaign” of criticism of its 2022 bid as anti-Arab prejudice.
Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah said Qatar would one day show “who is behind this campaign against Qatar”, suggesting the country was being unfairly targeted over allegations of graft in the vote that won it the Cup, and of abuse of migrant workers.
PARIS (Reuters) – Western and Arab states carrying out air strikes on Islamic State fighters backed on Tuesday Iraq’s plan to retake territory from the jihadist movement after being accused by the Iraqi premier of not doing enough to help Baghdad push back the insurgents.
Around 20 coalition ministers met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Paris, in part to persuade his Shi’ite Muslim-led government to repair relations with Iraq’s Sunni minority to strengthen its campaign against the Sunni Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
PARIS (Reuters) – Western and Arab states carrying out air strikes on Islamic State backed Iraq’s plan on Tuesday to retake territory from the jihadist movement after being accused by the Iraqi premier of not doing enough to help Baghdad roll back the insurgents.
Around 20 coalition ministers met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Paris in part to persuade his Shi’ite Muslim-led government to repair relations with Iraq’s Sunni minority to strengthen its campaign against the Sunni Islamic State.
PARIS (Reuters) – For sale: two French-built helicopter carriers, tested by Russians. Buy now for only 1.2 billion euros($1.33 billion). Shipping extra.
Tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine have blocked a deal in which Moscow was to buy the ships, leaving Paris trying to negotiate a face-saving compromise and work out CAwhat to do with two unwanted warships.
PARIS (Reuters) – Iraq’s prime minister on Tuesday accused the international coalition fighting Islamic State of not doing enough to tackle the group, and said important members such as Saudi Arabia are not curbing the flow of foreign fighters to his country.
Western and Middle Eastern countries in the coalition are meeting this week in Paris. Part of their agenda is to persuade the Iraqi government to repair its relationship with Iraq’s Sunni minority.