The President of the UAE, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahya, has arrived in Paris on the 17th for his first state visit since taking office, which is of great symbolic importance. President Macron is meeting him today, the 18th, at the Elysee Palace to discuss economic and trade agreements on energy and transport, and is hosting a dinner tonight at Versailles.
The President of the UAE, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahya, arrived in France yesterday, Sunday, and was personally greeted at the airport by French Economy Minister Le Maire. President Macron met with him today, the 18th, at the Elysee Palace to discuss economic and trade agreements on energy and transport, followed by lunch.
President Macron is hosting the President of the UAE, Mohamed bin Zayed, at a dinner tonight in Versailles, in the western suburbs of France, in the presence of hundreds of business, political, cultural and sporting guests.
The French Presidency noted that this is the first official visit of the President of the UAE since his inauguration in May this year and that the choice of France is symbolically important, demonstrating the long-standing friendship and partnership between Paris and the UAE. The UAE is an important strategic ally of France among Arab countries and one of the biggest customers of French industry, which exports refined petroleum products mainly to the UAE.
Paris and the UAE want to consolidate their existing partnership while negotiating cooperation in new areas, particularly in the energy sector, where the two countries have committed to economic agreements for joint investments in hydrogen and nuclear energy and the development of renewable energy sources.
The UAE will show its support for Paris by announcing oil and gas deliveries to France, welcomed by France as a result of the Russian-Ukrainian war that has strained energy supplies in Europe.
French President Emmanuel Macron visited the UAE last December to sign a contract for the export of 80 Rafale fighter jets for up to 17 billion euros.
During the visit of UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed, human rights organizations called on French President Macron to pay attention to the human rights situation in the UAE.