The French Minister of the Armed Forces Sebastien Lecornu visited Baghdad earlier this month (18/7/2023). During his visit, he met with the Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammad Shia Al-Sudani and the Minister of Defense Thabet Mohammad Al-Abbasi.
Lecornu delivered the French point of view regarding the Rafale fighter file and the obstacles halting the deal.
Tactical Report prepared a report (368 words) to highlight this matter, including:
- The obstacles stopping the deal
- French precondition to proceed with a deal
- Al-Sudani’s reaction on the French point of view
- France’s preferences and priorities concerning defense relations with Iraq
The report also highlights the meeting between Lecornu and Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani.