Sheikh Mohamed welcomed Le Drian (photo) and his accompanying delegation, and discussed with him friendship and cooperation ties between the two friendly countries, the Emirati WAM news agency reported.
During the meeting, they also discussed strategic cooperation and coordination in a number of military and defense domains in the light of keenness of leaders of the two countries on promoting cooperation level to broader horizons in the best interest of the two sides.
Sheikh Mohamed and Le Drian also discussed a number of issues of mutual concern, in addition to latest regional and international developments.
Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces and a number of officials attended the meeting.
Following his visit to the UAE, Le Drian also met with Egyptian President Abdulfattah Al-Sisi and Minister of Defense General Sedqy Sobhy on Monday and discussed the security threats in the Middle East region.
The visit comes a few days after France said it will join the UK in supporting US airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
In a related development, British Security Envoy Lieutenant General Simon Mayall, now on a visit to Egypt, reaffirmed the UK support to Egypt and other countries in the region in the war against terrorism.
He reviewed, during his meeting with Egyptian Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces Lieutenant General Mahmoud Hegazy, the bilateral defense cooperation as well as regional security issues, Egyptian Military Spokesman said.
Source: WAM; KUNA