France, Kuwait Seek Rafale Deal
ABU DHABI [MENL] -- France and Kuwait have resumed high-level defense talks
meant to finalize the sheikdom's purchase of an advanced Western
Officials said Defense Minister Jaber Al Mubarak Al Sabah intends to
meet his French counterpart, Herve Morin, in late February 2009 to discuss
the sheikdom's procurement of the Rafale fighter-jet. France has offered to
sell Kuwait up to 28 Rafale warplanes in a deal estimated at $3 billion.
"The defense ministers [of France and Kuwait] are in deep discussions,"
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said.