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H.H. Sheikh Khalifa’s visit to France (July 18-22)

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan made an official visit to France from July 18 to July 22.

The emir of Abu Dhabi was accompanied on this official visit by Foreign Minister Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Presidential Affairs Minister Sheik Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Minister for the Economy Sheikha Loubna bint Khaled al-Qasimi.

He was welcomed on his arrival by Defense Minister Hervé Morin.

Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner had talks with his counterpart, Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan.

President Nicolas Sarkozy received HM Sheikh Khalifa, Friday, July 20 for a round of talks followed by a working luncheon.

As reported by WAM Agency,

"Sheikh Khalifa and President Sarkozy expressed utmost satisfaction at the distinguished relations between the UAE and France", Elysee spokesman said.

"President Sarkozy renewed France’s commitment to the implementation of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum mega project which is a clear manifestation of the richness of cultural and academic relations between the two countries", he added.

President Sarkozy thanked President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his personal support for the establishment and development of Lycee Louis Massignon French language school in Abu Dhabi. He further hailed the existing educational projects in the UAE", said the Elysee spokesman David Martinon.

President Sarkozy expressed the readiness of big French companies to launch start UAE operatations, in particular in water, oil and gas sectors.

Sarkozy stressed his country’s utmost commitment to the defence treaty between the UAE and France in 1980, dubbing the UAE-France bilateral relations as constructive and strong.

"Talks on a number of big cooperation projects between UAE and France will be further boosted in the coming months", noted the Elysee spokesman.

"The French President announced France’s preparedness to help the UAE launch a civilian nuclear programme to produce electricity. Relevant committees will be soon set up to discuss these matters", Elysee spokesman David Martinon said in a statement after the conclusion of talks today between Sheikh Khalifa and President Sarkozy".

publié le 7 September 2007

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