December 15, 2010 / 3:53 PM / 7 years ago

Talks with UAE ongoing to buy French Rafale jets

PARIS, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Talks between the United Arab Emirates and France over the sale of French Rafale fighter jets are still ongoing despite recent tensions, the French president's office said on Wednesday.

A senior French official told Reuters in early October that the United Arab Emirates had suspended talks to buy 60 Rafales, but Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and President Nicolas Sarkozy discussed the potential deal over lunch in Paris, an official at Sarkozy's office said.

"The discussions have not been broken off," he said. (Reporting by Emmanuel Jarry; Writing Leigh Thomas)

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