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Paris hosts First Meeting in 2013 of France-UAE Strategic Dialogue

WAM Paris, 23rd May 2013 (WAM) – The France-United Arab Emirates Strategic Dialogue was convened on 22 May 2013 in Paris, its first meeting of the year, and was co-chaired by Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and Pierre Sellal, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Personal representative of the President of the Republic for the Strategic Dialogue with the United Arab Emirates.

Established in 2008, the Dialogue contributes to the deep ties and significant bilateral relationship that have existed between the UAE and France for many decades.

The meeting, which takes place twice annually, covers many areas of mutual interest and collaboration, including trade and investment, energy (hydrocarbons, nuclear and renewables), education and culture, as well as cooperation on international, regional and global issues.

During the first meeting of 2013, both parties assessed the recent outcomes achieved within the framework and mandate of the strategic dialogue.

In the areas of economic trade and investment, the Dialogue members agreed that solid progress had been made, and together they considered pathways for achieving the joint objective of substantially increasing trade within five years. Additionally, it was decided that the Dialogue provides an ideal platform to explore new bilateral investment opportunities in both countries.

The meeting also included an extensive discussion on potential cooperation in the air transportation sector (industrial projects, business, tourism and intergovernmental cooperation). Both parties are committed to exploring ways to effectively build stronger business networks, especially within the tourism sector.

In the field of energy, the historical cornerstone of this bilateral relationship, important partnerships will continue to be further developed.

More recently, culture and education have become important areas of cooperation for entities from the UAE and France, for example the continued growth of the Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi as well as, the scheduled 2015 opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum.

The next meeting is scheduled to take place in the United Arab Emirates at the end of 2013.

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