Emirates News Agency – Abdullah bin Zayed and French Foreign Minister discuss consolidation of strategic partnership

PARIS, April 8, 2022 (WAM) – HH Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian today explored ways to strengthen partnerships and fraternal ties between the two nations.

This came when a top UAE diplomat currently on a visit to France met with his French counterpart. Sheikh Abdullah stressed during the meeting that the nations have similar visions and views on the challenges that threaten the security and stability of the region, among which is terrorism. The French position was decisive and fully supports the United Arab Emirates following the attack carried out by the Huti militia on facilities and civilian areas in the country last January. France has expressed full solidarity with the United Arab Emirates in the measures it is taking against anything that threatens its security and the stability of the region.

Sheikh Abdullah thanked the senior French diplomat for his country’s position in the United Arab Emirates, which reflects their well-established strategic partnership at all levels and embodies their shared vision of the importance of strengthening security, stability and peace at regional and global level and combating extremism. terrorism in all its forms.

Both sides reviewed recent regional and global developments, including the situation in Ukraine, and the importance of stepping up efforts to resolve the crisis politically, promote humanitarian aid and respond to the needs of affected civilians in the country.

The ministers also exchanged views on the situation in the region and discussed ways to strengthen regional security and stability and fulfill the wishes of its peoples for peace and development.

Sheikh Abdullah highlighted the steady growth of strategic relations between the UAE and France on all fronts and stressed that the partnership between the two friendly countries has been realized through a number of qualitative achievements in various fields.

“The UAE and France work together to promote regional and global peace and stability and to spread the values ​​of moderation, tolerance and coexistence among all the nations of the world,” Sheikh Abdullah added.

The French Minister welcomed the visit of Sheikh Abdullah and stressed that his country wants to strengthen cooperation with the UAE at various levels in order to serve the common interests of both countries and their peoples.

He praised Sheikh Abdullah for the remarkable success of Expo 2020 Dubai between October 2021 and March 2022, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis.

Le Drian said that France was looking forward to the UAE hosting the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 28) in 2023, stressing that the two friendly countries were working closely together to tackle climate change and support global efforts. to find lasting solutions to this crisis.

The meeting was held in the presence of the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to France Hind Mane Al Otaib.

Translated by: Mervat Mahmoud.

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