Paris, 19 July 2022 (TDI): The President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived in France to strengthen UAE-France cooperation. The UAE President was welcomed by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron.
I was pleased to arrive in France, a close strategic ally of the UAE, and meet my friend President Emmanuel Macron. Our countries enjoy longstanding partnerships across many fields. We look forward to further collaborations and strengthening ties towards a prosperous future. pic.twitter.com/6V99L8CCF2
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) July 18, 2022
Moreover, the French and the UAE governments signed several agreements to strengthen bilateral ties in significant areas.
The UAE President stated that as a result of such sustainable economic ties, they continue to strengthen the bonds between their two nations.
I witnessed alongside President Macron an MoU signing to establish a strategic energy partnership between the UAE & France – advancing our collaboration in this priority sector. Through such sustainable economic ties, we continue to strengthen the bonds between our two nations. pic.twitter.com/ykmJNH545T
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) July 19, 2022
A joint declaration on cooperation was signed between both governments in the field of higher education.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Catherine Colonna, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France signed it.
#EAU | Visite d’État du président @MohamedBinZayed : signatures de conventions au Quai d’Orsay par @MinColonna et son homologue émirien @ABZayed.
Ces accords renforcent encore l’étroit partenariat 🇫🇷🇦🇪 dans tous les domaines #énergie #climat #éducation #espace #santé #défense. pic.twitter.com/hfPzwS6HD2
— France Diplomatie🇫🇷🇪🇺 (@francediplo) July 18, 2022
More to this, both governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on climate action and energy cooperation.
Therefore, France’s Energy Minister, Agnes Pannier-Runacher highlighted that they signed a strategic partnership on energy cooperation with the objective of securing their supplies.
As well as creating industrial partnerships and working together towards a carbon-free energy model.
Visite d’État du Président des Émirats arabes unis. Nous signons un partenariat stratégique sur la coopération énergétique.
Objectif : sécuriser nos approvisionnements, créer davantage de partenariats industriels et travailler ensemble vers un modèle énergétique décarboné. pic.twitter.com/Q5oJ8Qwz7a
— Agnès Pannier-Runacher 🇫🇷🇪🇺 (@AgnesRunacher) July 18, 2022
In line with the relations between both nations, they have held the UAE-France strategic dialogue sessions.
In the 13th session of the dialogue, they held discussions and both sides praised the continued efforts to enhance bilateral exchange. Along with cooperation in advanced sciences, space, research and development, and cultural and creative industries.
Therefore, the high-level meeting also involved discussions on important sectors of bilateral cooperation. For example economy, trade and investment, oil and gas, hydrogen, nuclear and renewable energy, education, culture, health, and artificial intelligence.
As well as food security, fintech, intellectual property rights, anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism policies, space, and security.
Furthermore, both sides reflected on the major achievements of the past decade, such as the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. Together with the 2009 Joint Defense Agreement.
Most importantly, both parties shared an ambition to strengthen bilateral relations. Together with mutual developments by further setting out goals and joint initiatives.
In conclusion, both sides also discussed additional areas of cooperation, especially climate change.