On his visit to the United Arab Emirates, His Excellency Mr. François Delattre , Secretary General of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, stated France’s commitment to enhance and renew its strategic partnership with the United Arab Emirates.
The visit gave him the opportunity to meet with H.E. Dr. Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs to discuss regional and international issues and to strengthen the bilateral relationship.
This visit is part of the close and continuous dialogue maintained by France and the United Arab Emirates on a wide range of regional and international issues. “We share the idea that the priority is to de-escalate the tensions in the region and to go back to a diplomacy-first approach” said Delattre.
François Delattre who was given by the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, the specific mandate to co-chair the France-UAE Strategic Dialogue, also met with H.E. Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Authority of Executive Affairs. They held fruitful discussions to follow up on joint projects and to explore new areas of cooperation.
“France and the UAE can take pride in what they have accomplished since the late 2000s. Our partnership has always been driven by a long term vision. This is why we are now working on the next decade. What will our partnership look like ten years from now? And what do we want for the younger generation? These are the questions that guided today’s discussions. I am glad to see that many innovative achievements are ahead of us”, said Delattre.
The French Envoy participated in the meeting of the Board of Trustees of Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (SUAD), chaired by Minister of State H.E. Dr. Zaki Nusseibeh. “Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi is a great symbol of the French-Emirati partnership in the field of education, as well as a renowned innovative hub for higher education and research” said Delattre. The meeting focused on the University’s strategic plan and on the new programs that positively impact the University’s students and employees. On the same day was launched the Sorbonne Chair for Artificial Intelligence, a state-of-the-art laboratory designed to tackle the challenges of our digital age.
The French envoy also paid a visit to the French Naval Base where he was briefed by Admiral Didier Maleterre and met with the French forces stationed in the UAE, a few days after the announcement by eight European countries of the establishment of a European Maritime Awareness mission in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH), headquartered in the UAE. François Delattre commended the well-established cooperation between France and the UAE in the field of security and defense, as the two countries celebrated last November the tenth anniversary of their defense agreement. “As the region witnesses many challenges, our two countries can count on each other as trusted strategic allies, and work together to achieve peace and security” stated Delattre.
The French envoy eventually visited the Louvre Abu Dhabi highlighting the exceptional cultural partnership between the two countries.
The next plenary session of the France-UAE Strategic Dialogue is to be held next April in Abu Dhabi, focusing on several areas of cooperation, such as economy, trade and investment, oil and gas, nuclear and renewable energy; education, culture, health, space and security issues.