Leaders discuss a wide range of regional and global challenges
French President Emmanuel Macron thanked President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for paying his first state visit to the country, reflecting the long-standing strategic relationship between the two countries.
Macron reiterated his condolences on the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and also congratulated Sheikh Mohamed on his election as President of the United Arab Emirates.
He wished the people of the UAE continued well-being and prosperity under the leadership of Sheikh Mohamed. He also thanked him for making his first state visit to France, reflecting the long-standing strategic relationship between the two countries.
The two leaders underscored their joint commitment to expand their collaboration in all areas, working closely together to address global and regional challenges.
Sheikh Mohamed visited Paris on July 18 and 19. The two leaders spoke on a wide range of topics. Below is a joint statement between them:
The Ukrainian crisis
The two leaders expressed their deep concern about the war in Ukraine, its terrible impact on civilians, the humanitarian situation and its effects on commodity markets around the world. They stressed the urgent need to intensify diplomatic efforts to reach a solution to the conflict, and His Highness commended President Macron’s continued efforts in this regard.
Energy and food security
The two leaders discussed a range of regional and global challenges and opportunities, and agreed to work together to find ways to mitigate the impact of these challenges on each other and globally. They agreed to establish a comprehensive strategic energy partnership between France and the United Arab Emirates, which represents a major step in the promotion of energy security and accessibility. They also welcomed the agreement between TotalEnergies and ADNOC on fuel supply, with the aim of increasing the security of fuel supply in France.
Equally important, the UAE also underlined its support for global action on food security and working with France to find ways to ease the current pressure on global supply chains. The United Arab Emirates announced its support for the Food and Agriculture Resilience Mission (FARM) initiative, in particular on open, transparent and resilient food trade, as well as the provision of timely and accurate information to support the information system in agricultural markets (AMIS).
Economy, investment and industry
Building on the important investment partnership concluded in December 2021, the two leaders share the ambition to further expand the dynamic economic partnership between the two countries. They expressed interest in identifying and facilitating areas of cooperation, where interests and capabilities converge.
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. Both parties 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 underlined their common desire to convene the inaugural meeting of this grouping in the near future.
The two leaders noted that climate action represents an area of critical mutual interest, underlined shared and ambitious goals in this important area. President Macron congratulated the United Arab Emirates for the future hosting of COP28 in 2023 and offered France’s full support, in particular through its expertise from COP21. The two parties have signed a memorandum of understanding on climate action, which will allow France and the United Arab Emirates to strengthen their cooperation.
The French side congratulated the United Arab Emirates for the good functioning of its nuclear energy program. Both parties confirmed the important role of nuclear energy in their countries’ efforts to decarbonize their energy sectors and their determination to continue close cooperation in this area, including by sharing technical expertise, the provision of technology and nuclear fuel, as well as in the field of R&D. Both sides also welcomed the progress made on the decarbonized hydrogen MoU.
Additionally, regarding collaboration on marine research and development efforts, the two parties agreed to work closely together on the development of a marine research collaboration program to promote the sustainable blue economy.
The two leaders agreed on the importance of the health sector as a major area for expansion of bilateral cooperation, reflecting a common priority area of French and Emirati development and expertise. An example of successful collaboration is the cardiovascular disease prevention project between the Abu Dhabi Public Health Center and the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) (Iinternational). 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 parties welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between Institut Pasteur and Abu Dhabi Public Health Center, noting that such cooperation could produce mutually beneficial results. Both sides also cited the potential for cooperation in higher education focused on developing healthcare expertise.
Education, culture and space
Both leaders recognized the importance of education, culture and science as being embedded in the fabric of the bilateral relationship, highlighting the contributions of existing key projects, such as the Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, and efforts to to expand cooperation in higher education, such as with Ecole 42, EM Normandie Business School and ESCP Business School. Both sides looked forward to upcoming projects, such as the Rubika Gaming School, and encouraged new efforts involving French higher education institutions in the UAE, as well as the expansion of French language education in the UAE. UAE schools.
The leaders discussed exploring new chapters of cultural cooperation, following the successful partnership of Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Recognizing that the space sector is a key driver for the advancement of science and technology, the United Arab Emirates and France have signed several agreements related to Earth observation, climate change initiatives and lunar exploration to strengthen and deepen collaboration in this critical sector.
peace and stability
The two leaders recognized that their strategic partnership is an essential part of their collaborative and mutual efforts to serve as a beacon for peace and stability in the region and beyond.
As founding members of the International Security Alliance since 2017, the United Arab Emirates and France have reaffirmed their commitment to countering radicalization, extremism and transnational crime by exchanging experiences and pursuing joint operations with d other Member States.
The two leaders discussed prospects for promoting peace, dialogue and diplomacy in the region, and expressed hope that nuclear talks with Iran could lead to an agreement that would enhance regional security. His Highness hailed the success of the Baghdad Conference on Partnership and Cooperation, and President Macron highlighted the benefits of the Abraham Accords, which contribute to peace and prosperity in the region through building bridges and cooperation. The two leaders stressed the importance of further promoting peace and prosperity.
Beyond the region, the two leaders underscored the importance of multilateralism as a means of increasing global mutual understanding and trust at a time when collective cooperation is most needed. President Macron praised the role of the United Arab Emirates as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, and His Highness commended the achievements in multilateralism under the French presidency of the European Union.
The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to broaden and further develop the historic cooperation between the two countries, to open up new areas in all fields and to be an ever more active force for peace and stability in the region and beyond. of the.
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