These issues were discussed when the French President received at the Elysee Palace in the French capital Paris Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, who was on a one-day state visit to France this past Thursday.
Sheikh Mohamed conveyed regards of President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the French President and his best wishes for more progress and prosperity for France and its friendly people.
The meeting reviewed the outstanding strategic relationship between the UAE and France and ways of enhancing them further within the context of bilateral friendship and mutual interests. The two sides expressed their determination to pursue their efforts to strengthen bilateral ties, particularly in cultural, social, educational and economic sectors.
During the meeting, which was attended by UAE Foreign Minister HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and his French counterpart Laurent Fabius, UAE and France emphasized their continuous efforts to further bolstering relations of cooperation and joint action as well as exchanging advanced experiences in all fields and harnessing investment opportunities that both countries can offer.
Speaking during the meeting, Sheikh Mohamed hailed UAE-France ties as '”strong and solid'” and receive care and support from President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is also keen to elevate them to new heights.
Sheikh Mohamed said the meeting with President Hollande had provided a renewed opportunity to exchange views and ideas on a variety of issues of mutual interest, and on ways of enhancing joint coordination on latest regional developments and issues whereas the two countries can work together along with efforts being made by sisterly and friendly countries to maintain security and stability in the region.
Sheikh Mohamed also met the French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and discussed with him ways of bolstering bilateral ties for serving mutual interests of the two friendly countries and people.
The meeting, attended by Foreign Minister HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the French Defense Ministry, discussed avenues of cooperation between the two countries with emphasis on military and defense affairs and expanding this cooperation in areas of joint coordination and exchange of training and expertise in order to serve mutual interests.
A number of top Emirati and French officials attended the meeting.