French Prime Minister, François Fillon, announced on Friday in Rabat that his country would sell to Morocco one multi-mission frigate estimated at 500 million euros.
“France is to sell one Fremm frigate to Morocco. It is identical to those that the French Navy has, which represents smoother cooperation between the two navies,” Mr Fillon said at a news conference in the Moroccan capital.
The Fremm frigate is a new generation ship designed to conduct anti-air, anti-submarine fighting missions and remote land strikes.
The decision to buy the frigate was reached during last October’s visit to Morocco by French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
During the trip, Rabat and Paris signed trade contracts estimated at three billion euros, one of which was the construction of a TGV high speed lines between Casablanca and Tangiers, whose cost is estimated at 2 billion euros.
Mr Fillon arrived in Rabat on Thursday for a two-day visit to Morocco to co-chair the 9th high-level Franco-African meeting with his Moroccan counterpart, Abbas El Fassi.
France is the leading trade partner and investor in Morocco. Panapress .