Abdullah bin Zayed meets French foreign minister

The pair agreed to work towards widening co-operation in cultural activities and other areas

The two ministers met in France. WAM

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, met his French equivalent Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris on Wednesday.

The two reviewed prospects for further consolidating co-operation, with particular emphasis on cultural activities.

Sheikh Abdullah stressed the importance of strategic relations between the countries and the UAE's determination to develop their collaboration to a higher level.

Mr Le Drian said the UAE was a key strategic ally of France and committed to widening the scope of co-operation.

In November last year, the two officials signed agreements for enhanced collaboration in medicine.

There was an agreement between the French state investment bank BPI and Mubadala for a €300 million (Dh1.22 billion) project, with scope for an additional €700m to invest in start-up companies promoting innovation in health care.

Last week, Sheikh Abdullah met  US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington to discuss the situations in Yemen, Libya and Sudan.