Presidential visit reflective of robust strategic partnerships between UAE, France: Ministers

UAE is home to the greatest number of French businesses operating in the Middle East

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Published: Thu 11 May 2023, 10:50 PM

UAE ministers emphasised the long-standing relations between the UAE and France and their extensive strategic partnerships on various fronts on the occasion of the UAE President's visit to France. 

Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, said that the visit of the President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to France fits into the framework of the robust relations between the two countries.

"The relations are strengthening and becoming more solid, and exploring new opportunities for cooperation across various sectors with the aim of promoting economic growth and addressing shared challenges," the minister said.

"The two countries have been successful in developing aspects of cooperation in various development sectors of mutual interest, including political, economic, commercial, cultural, and educational cooperation," he continued. The minister added: "The visit's importance stems from the fact that it comes in 2023, a year dedicated to sustainability, and during the run-up to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP28), through which the UAE will spare no efforts to mobilise collective efforts to build a sustainable and prosperous world while providing natural resources for all."


Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of Economy, said that the UAE and  France enjoy strong and distinguished strategic relations based on mutual respect and continuous partnership. "This privileged relation between the two sides provides a fertile ground for continued growth and development that has been evolving steadily since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1971 until now."

Bin Touq added that the strength of bilateral relations between the two countries is reflected in resilient economic and trade ties, which have been growing stronger over time, explaining that the UAE is home to the greatest number of French businesses operating in the Middle East, estimated at around 600 companies employing over 30,000 people.

Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said that the UAE-French relations are witnessing remarkable development in various vital fields and files of common interest. She added that cooperation between these two countries is one of the most important pillars of global climate and environmental action efforts. She underlined the importance of the visit of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to France. "Through the visit, we look forward to more cooperation with France, especially on issues of common interest, including global climate action."

The minister added that the hosting of the COP21 United Nations Climate Conference in 2015, which led to the Paris Climate Agreement, demonstrated that France is one of the most significant players in the field of climate change.

Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, affirmed that the UAE and France enjoy close trade and investment relations, pointing out that the non-oil trade between the two nations recorded $8 billion in 2022, up 21 per cent on 2021, with a record growth of 49 per cent compared to 2020, and an increase of 6 per cent compared to 2019, which confirms the upward trend of trade flows between the two friendly countries over the past years, despite the relative decline in international trade movement during some of these years.

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