French President, Mohammed bin Rashid hold talks

WAM PARIS, 13th June 2013 (WAM)–French President Francois Hollande received at the Elysee Palace this afternoon the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The meeting was attended by H. H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and H. H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister.

During the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed and Hollande discussed issues of mutual interest, notably strengthening of the historic friendship ties between the UAE and France laid down by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. They also discussed ways of enhancing the strategic partnership between the two countries, especially in the areas of economy, military, culture and humanitarian affairs.

The talks, which also covered regional issues, focussed on the consolidation of stability, peace, freedom and justice in the region.

Hollande praised the UAE policy, which is based on the dialogue and openness to peoples and countries, citing the humanitarian attitudes of the UAE leadership.

For his part, the UAE Vice President expressed his satisfaction about visiting France and consulting with the French President, stressing the depth of friendship and cooperation ties between the leaders and peoples of the two countries. He referred to the French supportive attitudes to the issues of justice, freedom and peace, especially just Arab issues.

Among others in attendance were H. H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, Dr Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimi, Minister of State, Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Director General of the Dubai Ruler’s Court, Lt. General Musbeh Rashid Al Fattan, Director of the office of the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director General of the Department of Protocols and Hospitality in Dubai, UAE Ambassador to France Mohammad Meer Abdullah Al Raessi and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

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