Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed meets French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian

Sheikh Abdallah ben Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, met his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris on Friday.

They agreed to consolidate strategic ties between the two countries and discussed issues such as security and the crisis in Ukraine.

Mr Le Drian said France fully supported the United Arab Emirates following the drone attacks launched by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen in February. He said his government also supports the steps taken by the United Arab Emirates to improve its security.

The diplomats discussed regional and global issues, including the crisis in Ukraine. Both parties agreed that a political settlement must be found and that humanitarian aid must meet the needs of civilians.

Sheikh Abdullah also hailed the growth of relations between the UAE and France in recent years.

“The UAE and France work together to promote regional and global peace and stability and spread the values ​​of moderation, tolerance and coexistence among all peoples of the world,” Sheikh Abdullah said.

Le Drian welcomed Sheikh Abdullah’s visit, stressing his country’s willingness to strengthen cooperation with the UAE to serve mutual interests.

He congratulated Sheikh Abdullah on the success of Expo 2020 Dubai, despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Le Drian said France looks forward to the UAE hosting the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Cop28) in 2023.

The Paris meeting also took place in the presence of Hind Manea Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to France.

Updated: April 09, 2022, 3:54 p.m.