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Published on August 6, 2013
Meeting between M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates – Statement by the Foreign Affairs Ministry Deputy Spokesman

Paris, July 29, 2013

M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, had a meeting today with his Emirati counterpart, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan. It is their fourth in eight months.

For over 40 years, the United Arab Emirates and France have been building a solid relationship based on anchor projects and great trust.

The French President and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, President of the federation, decided on 15 January to give our partnership a new aspiration. The recent developments in the area of defence equipment illustrate our ability to build a new phase in our strategic partnership for the next 25 years. M. Laurent Fabius and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan welcomed this step forward, which marks a turning point in our relationship.

It was in this spirit of strategic partnership that the consultation between our two countries continued today with the two ministers, on regional issues, in particular Egypt, Syria and the repercussions of the Syria crisis on the region, but also Libya, on which France signalled her solidarity with the United Arab Emirates following the attack on the United Arab Emirates’ embassy in Tripoli. The discussions showed very similar analyses of the region’s challenges, particularly that of extremism.

The two ministers reviewed the main projects of the bilateral relationship, highlighting the goals and engagements set for the next few months, particularly in the economic sphere./.

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