According to the National’s article, at an important virtual summit, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and France discussed bilateral relations and developments over the last 10 years.
The event was attended by Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, the Chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Executive Affairs Authority, Francois Delattre, Secretary-General of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, and a number of other officials.
Increased trade and investment were addressed during the high-level conference, as well as bilateral cooperation in a variety of areas, including oil and gas, nuclear and renewable energy, education, health, and food security.
Officials also highlighted the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s inauguration, as well as the opening of Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and the signing of the 2009 Joint Defense Agreement.
Both nations also talked about how to improve their cooperation with African countries. Officials also praised the launch of a new Africa-focused co-investment collaboration between Bpifrance and Mubadala Investment Company.
The countries further talked about climate change, and the UAE’s hopes to host a One Planet Sovereign Wealth Fund event in October. They highlighted the UAE’s peaceful nuclear energy program and the successful commercial operation of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant’s first unit. Also, Both nations commended their collaborative efforts to combat the COVID–19 pandemic and pledged to further health and medical cooperation. Additionally, both parties praised their artificial intelligence breakthroughs including A Vision for a Digital 21st Century agreement that was signed between two countries in 2019.
France congratulated the UAE on its appointment as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the period 2022-2023.