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French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu held a joint press conference with his Armenian counterpart Suren Papikyan in the capital Paris.

Lecornu noted that he was hosting Papikyan in Paris for the third time, adding that France and Armenia have a long history of relations.

Stating that they are increasing cooperation with Armenia in the field of defense, the French Minister announced that his country will open a military attaché office within the Embassy in Yerevan.

Lecornu stated that France will provide military training support to Armenia in the period covering 2023-2024.

Noting that French soldiers will provide training to Armenian soldiers, Lecornu also reported that France has reached an agreement with Armenia on the sale of 3 GM200-type radars.

Stating that the two countries also signed a letter of intent for the Mistral air defense missile system today, the French Minister underlined that the weapons to be sold to Armenia are not for offensive purposes, but for defense and civilian protection.

Lecornu also confirmed that French defense industry company Dassault Aviation and Saudi Arabia are negotiating the sale of 54 Rafale fighter jets.

Armenian Minister Papikyan said that France and the French people stood by Armenia in its difficult times.

Papikyan said that the problems of the South Caucasus and Armenia have not yet been resolved and that his country aims only for a lasting peace in the region.