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

Pair agreed to consolidate diplomatic ties between the UAE and France

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation met with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian,

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, 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, including security and the crisis in Ukraine.

Mr Le Drian said France fully supported the UAE following the drone attacks launched by Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels in February. He said that his government also supported measures taken by the UAE 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 reached and that humanitarian aid must meet the needs of civilians.

Sheikh Abdullah also hailed the growth of UAE-French relations in recent years.

“The UAE and France are working 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.

Mr Le Drian welcomed Sheikh Abdullah's visit, stressing his country's keenness to enhance co-operation 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.

Mr Le Drian said France is looking forward to UAE's hosting of the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (Cop28) in 2023.

The Paris meeting was also attended by Hind Manea Al Otaiba, UAE ambassador to France.

Updated: April 09, 2022, 3:54 PM