At the invitation of the President of the French Republic, Mr. Emmanuel Macron, His Highness  Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, conducted a state visit to Paris on 18 and 19 July 2022. 

The President of the French Republic restated his condolences on the passing of Sheikh Khalifa  bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a leader who commanded worldwide respect, and warmly congratulated  His Highness on his election as President of the UAE. He wished the people of the UAE  continued wellbeing and prosperity under His Highness Sheikh Mohamed’s leadership. He also  thanked His Highness for conducting his first state visit to France, reflecting the long-standing strategic relationship between the two countries. 

The Presidents of the French Republic and United Arab Emirates commended the depth and  breadth of the strategic partnership between their two countries, an alliance anchored in  longstanding friendship and bilateral cooperation. They emphasized a joint commitment to  expand their collaboration across all fields, working closely together to tackle global and  regional challenges. 

The crisis in Ukraine 

Both leaders expressed deep concern regarding war in Ukraine, its terrible impact on civilians, the humanitarian situation, and its effects on commodity markets worldwide. They underscored  the urgent need to intensify diplomatic efforts to reach a solution to the conflict, and His  Highness commended President Macron’s continuing efforts in that regard.  

Energy and Food Security 

Both leaders discussed a range of regional and global opportunities and challenges, 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 France-UAE Comprehensive Strategic Energy Partnership, representing a major step in fostering energy security and affordability. They also welcomed the agreement between TotalEnergies and ADNOC on fuel provision, with the aim of increasing  the security of fuel supply in France. 

Of equal importance, the UAE also emphasized its support for global action on food security, and to work with France to find ways to mitigate ongoing pressure on global supply chains. The  UAE announced its support to the Food and Agriculture Resilience Mission (FARM) initiative,  specifically on open, transparent, and resilient food trade, as well as the provision of timely and  accurate information to support the Agriculture Market Information System (AMIS). 

Economy, Investment, and Industry 

Building on the significant investment partnership agreed in December 2021, the two leaders  share an ambition to further expand the vibrant economic partnership between the two  countries. They expressed interest in identifying and facilitating areas of cooperation, where  interests and capabilities converge. 

The two sides praised the recently launched UAE-France Business Council, with a view to  further increase bilateral business opportunities for the benefit of both nations. The two sides  noted that the Council will serve as a tangible outlet to expand the already constructive  cooperation that exists between the two countries’ business communities, and underlined their  shared desire to convene the inaugural meeting of this grouping in the near future. 

Climate Action 

Both leaders noted that climate action represents an area of critical mutual concern, emphasized  common and ambitious goals in this important field. President Macron congratulated the UAE  for the future hosting of COP-28 in 2023, and offered France’s full support, including through  its expertise derived from COP21. Both sides signed an MoU on Climate Action, which will  enable France and the UAE to enhance their cooperation. The French side congratulated UAE  on the successful operation of its nuclear energy program. Both sides confirmed the important  role of nuclear energy in their countries’ efforts to decarbonize their energy sectors and their  resolve to continue the strong cooperation in this field, including by sharing technical expertise,  the provision of technology and nuclear fuel, as well as in the area of R&D. The two sides also  commended progress made in regard to the MoU on Decarbonized Hydrogen. 

Additionally, concerning collaboration on marine research and development efforts, both  parties agreed to work closely on the development of marine research collaborative program to  promote the sustainable blue economy. 

Health 

Both leaders agreed on the importance of the health sector as a major domain for expansion in  bilateral cooperation, reflecting a mutual priority area of French and Emirati development and  expertise. One example of successful collaboration is the Cardiovascular Diseases Prevention  project between the Abu Dhabi Public Health Center and Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de  Paris (AP-HP) (Iinternational). Based on the signing of the MoU in December 2020, the project  was implemented by a team of French experts, who helped achieve growth, sustainable development and global competitiveness, as well as exchange of information and know-how.  Both sides welcomed the signing of a MoU on Cooperation between the Institute Pasteur and  the Abu Dhabi Public Health Center, noting that such cooperation could produce mutually beneficial outcomes. Both sides also cited the potential of higher education cooperation that  focused on developing healthcare expertise. 

Education, Culture, and Space 

Both leaders recognized the importance of education, culture and science as embedded in the fabric of the bilateral relationship, underscoring the contributions of existing key projects, such  as the Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, and the efforts to expand cooperation in higher education, such as  with Ecole 42, EM Normandie Business School, and ESCP Business School. Both sides looked  forward to forthcoming projects, such as gaming school Rubika, and encouraged further  endeavors involving French higher education institutions in the UAE, as well as the expansion  of French language teaching in UAE schools 

The leaders discussed the exploration of new chapters in cultural cooperation, following the  successful partnership of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.  

Recognizing that the space sector is a key driver for the advancement of science and technology,  the UAE and France signed multiple 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 a critical component in their  collaborative and mutual efforts to act as a beacon for peace and stability in the region, and  beyond. 
As the founding members of the International Security Alliance since 2017, the UAE and  France reaffirmed their commitment to combatting radicalization, extremism, and transnational  crime by exchanging experiences and continuing joint operations with fellow member states. 

The two leaders discussed prospects for promoting peace, dialogue and diplomacy across the  region, and expressed hope that nuclear negotiations with Iran could lead to an agreement that  would increase regional security. His Highness commended the successful Baghdad  Conference on Partnership and Cooperation, and President Macron underscored the benefits of  the Abraham Accords, which contribute to peace and prosperity in the region through building  bridges and cooperation. Both leaders stressed the importance of further fostering peace and  prosperity.  

Looking beyond the region, the two leaders emphasized the importance of multilateralism as a  way to increase mutual understanding and trust on a global scale at a time when collective  cooperation is most needed. President Macron commended the UAE’s role as non-permanent member of the United Nation’s Security Council, and His Highness commended the  achievements in multilateralism under the French Presidency of the European Union. 

Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to further expand and develop the historic cooperation between the two countries, to opening new domains across all areas, and to be an  ever-more active force for peace and stability in the region and beyond.
 

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