UAE President wraps up two-day state visit to France

UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan left Paris on July 19, concluding a two-day state visit to France.

During the visit, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and his high-level UAE delegation met with French President Emmanuel Macron and other senior French officials.

The two sides discussed strategic relations, bilateral cooperation and ways to strengthen them to advance their mutual interests.

They also jointly committed to expand their collaboration in areas such as peace and stability, food and energy, economy and investment, climate change, health, education, culture and space.

The crisis in Ukraine: Both leaders expressed their deep concern about the crisis in Ukraine, its impact on civilians, the humanitarian situation and its effect on global commodity markets. They stressed the urgent need to intensify diplomatic efforts to reach a solution.

Energy and food security: The two leaders established a comprehensive France-UAE strategic energy partnership, they also welcomed the agreement between TotalEnergies and ADNOC on the supply of fuel. The United Arab Emirates announced its support for the Food and Agriculture Resilience Mission initiative, as well as the Agricultural Market Information System.

Economy, investment and industry: Both sides welcomed the recent launch of the UAE-France Business Council, with a view to further increasing bilateral business opportunities for the benefit of both nations. They noted that the council will serve as a tangible outlet to expand the already constructive cooperation that exists between the business communities of the two countries, and agreed to convene the inaugural meeting of this group in the near future.

Climate action: The French President congratulated the United Arab Emirates for hosting COP28 in 2023, offering France’s full support. The two parties signed a memorandum of understanding on climate action and confirmed the important role of nuclear energy in their countries’ efforts to decarbonize energy sectors. They also recognized the memorandum of understanding on decarbonized hydrogen. In addition, both parties have agreed to work towards the development of a collaborative marine research program to promote the sustainable blue economy.

Health sector: An example of successful collaboration is the “Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases” project between the Abu Dhabi Public Health Center and the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris. Based on the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in December 2020, the project was implemented by a team of French experts, who contributed to growth, sustainable development and global competitiveness, as well as to the exchange of information and know-how. Both sides also cited the potential for cooperation in higher education focused on developing healthcare expertise.

Education, culture and space: The two leaders recognized the importance of education, culture and science embedded in the fabric of the bilateral relationship, highlighting the contributions of existing key projects, such as the Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Ecole 42, EM Normandie Business School and ESCP Business. School. They discussed upcoming projects, such as the Rubika Gaming School, and encouraged the involvement of French higher education institutions in the UAE, as well as the teaching of French in UAE schools. The leaders also signed several agreements related to Earth observation and lunar exploration to strengthen collaboration in the space sector.

Peace and stability: As founding members of the International Security Alliance since 2017, the two nations reaffirmed their commitment to countering radicalization, extremism and transnational crime by exchanging experiences and pursuing joint operations with other member states. . Both leaders expressed hope that nuclear talks with Iran could lead to a peaceful agreement. The President of the United Arab Emirates praised the success of the Baghdad conference on partnership and cooperation, and President Macron highlighted the benefits of the Abraham Accords.