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Germany, France to add Spain to fighter programme - sources

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and France will welcome Spain as a full partner in their programme to develop a next-generation air combat system, and expect to sign an agreement finalising the move at the Paris Air Show in June, a German government source said on Wednesday.

Paris and Berlin initially planned to offer Spain observer status on the programme, but Spain this week formally asked to participate as a fully fledged partner, which will also require certain financial outlays.

"The current intention is to sign a tri-national memorandum of understanding on the sidelines of the 2019 Paris Air Show in Le Bourget," the source said.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Paul Carrel)

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