Fifteenth UAE-France Strategic Dialogue held in Paris, co-chaired by Anne-Marie Descott, Secretary-General of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Affairs, and Haltun Khalifa Mubarak, Chairman of the Administration of Administrative Affairs until 2023 Monday, June 19.
Building on the special bilateral relationship between the two countries and following instructions from His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron, the co-chairs of the Strategic Dialogue reaffirmed their commitment to Further strengthen cooperation in the following areas: priority areas and sectors.
The Strategic Dialogue was attended by Ahmed Ali Sayegh, Minister of State; Zaki Nusseibeh, Cultural Advisor to the President of the UAE; Sara Musallam, Minister of State for Early Education; and Ambassadors from both countries, as well as heads and senior officials of various entities representing important ministries of both countries.
Both sides welcomed the working visit and meeting between the two heads of state in Paris on May 11, 2023, less than a year after His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s state visit to France. Both sides also look forward to President Macron’s upcoming visit to the UAE on the occasion of COP28.
The two sides reviewed the continued implementation of the bilateral strategic investment partnership signed in December 2021. They praised the growing cooperation between Etihad Rail and its French counterparts. Both parties also expressed their appreciation for the success of the inaugural meeting of the UAE-French High Business Council, co-chaired by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, and Patrick Puyana, Chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies Appreciate the convening.
The meeting in Abu Dhabi in January 2023 marks another important milestone in the economic cooperation between the UAE and France. The participation of Bruno le Maire, Minister of Economy, Finance, Industry and Digital Sovereignty, at the high-level business council, underscored France’s commitment to deepening its economic partnership with the UAE, recognizing the strategic importance of the region and the UAE’s role in role in the global economy. An important economic center in the Middle East.
In the energy sector, the UAE and France continued to engage under the Comprehensive Strategic Energy Partnership (CSEP), which aims to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the energy sector between the public and private sectors of the two countries based on the principles of equality and mutual benefit. The two countries are in advanced discussions on an energy transition financing partnership to be announced at COP28.
France reaffirms its support for the COP28 presidency and wishes it success. Both sides emphasized the urgent need for the international community to significantly scale up efforts to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and make a global temperature increase of 1.5°C an achievable goal, especially through enhanced ambition and enhanced nationally determined contributions to achieve the Paris Agreement The goal. To achieve this goal, reduce energy emissions and consumption and accelerate the transition to a clean energy system, while ensuring energy accessibility, affordability and security.
Both sides also underscored the need for equitable progress in increasing climate finance, supporting adaptation, and addressing loss and damage, and the need for all parties to deliver on the outcomes mandated by COP28. Both sides also agreed to emphasize the role of peaceful nuclear energy as the backbone of low-carbon electricity generation. Both sides emphasized that international financial institutions should be reformed to better mobilize more resources to support climate transition in developing countries while addressing inequality. The summit on the new global financial agreement to be held in Paris on June 22-23 will be an important milestone in this regard.
Both parties also welcome the close cooperation and contributions between their respective financial institutions, such as Eurofinance Paris and Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), to contribute to the success of the upcoming COP28.
The French side congratulated the progress of the UAE’s nuclear energy project, and the three units of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant are in commercial operation. Both parties welcomed the progress made in institutional cooperation in support of the UAE’s nuclear programme, including the conclusion of several MoUs and projects in the areas of nuclear industry cooperation in the fields of research and development, capacity building, maintenance and engineering services, as well as cooperation between the two parties. Supply chains in France and the UAE through the “E-Fusion” program.
UAE and French representatives reaffirmed their enduring commitment to joint projects such as the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which celebrated its fifth anniversary in November 2022, and the Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. The two sides discussed new cooperation projects in the field of museums and cultural and creative industries. Important initiatives have been implemented, especially in the musical field with the Philharmonie de Paris. They praised a new collaboration at the UAE archaeological site, supported by the Louvre Museum in Paris. The two sides are discussing a cultural cooperation plan to support the restoration of the Grand Trianon Palace of Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
To celebrate the solid foundation of UAE-French higher education cooperation, the two sides signed a joint declaration on higher education during the UAE President’s state visit to France in July 2022. The two sides are exploring the signing of an intergovernmental agreement to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in the field of higher education. field of higher education. Both sides expressed their appreciation for the opening of the French university’s new program and new campus in the UAE, and look forward to the opening of Rubika, the international school of games and animation, in Abu Dhabi in September 2023. Both parties commended the strong momentum of French-language education in the UAE, thanking Sharjah for the opening of new French-language schools and the new French Alliance, as well as the ongoing French-language teaching programs in public schools.
Both sides commended the partnership between Institut Pasteur and Abu Dhabi Public Health Center in the fields of public health, innovation, scientific research and the fight against infectious and emerging diseases. The two sides discussed the next steps of the partnership, namely the Paris-based Infectious Diseases Program and the development of education and training programmes. These opportunities include postgraduate courses at the Institut Pasteur in Paris and knowledge exchange through regional training courses in Abu Dhabi. They also praised the ICAN Institute’s scientific partnerships in cardiology with several leading UAE institutions, the long-term medical residency program that allows 18 Emirati doctors to train in France each year, and the newly launched nursing vocational training.
The co-chairs also discussed further cooperation in other areas such as science and technology, artificial intelligence, food security, nuclear energy, intellectual property, anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism, cybersecurity and fintech. The two sides also expressed interest in strengthening cooperation on space exploration missions, manned spaceflight, and the use of space data to combat climate change.
The two sides discussed a series of international and regional issues and expressed their continued commitment to regional peace, stability and prosperity. They emphasized the importance of dialogue and building bridges through various platforms, including the Baghdad Conference on Cooperation and Partnership, to achieve regional peace and security.
The two sides underscored their commitment to deepen the UAE-France partnership through close coordination between the two countries at the UN Security Council during the UAE’s elected membership. They discussed and expressed support for the UAE’s presidency of the Security Council in June and the UAE’s chairmanship of the CTC throughout 2023.
Both sides underscored their shared commitment to advancing shared priorities such as the climate change agenda, peace and security, and the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda. They agreed to strengthen the effectiveness of the United Nations in promoting multilateralism, conflict prevention and peaceful resolution, peacebuilding and peacekeeping, and to address the growing threats of hate speech, intolerance, racism and all forms of extremism, which drivers and barriers. Peace.
Following the conclusion of the strategic dialogue, UAE and French officials emphasized the importance of working together to further deepen relations between the two countries in various fields.