The President of the United Arab Emirates will visit France on Monday – State News Agency | world news

(Reuters) – United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan will travel to France on July 18 for his first official visit outside the region since taking office in May.

Sheikh Mohammed will meet French President Emmanuel Macron and discuss joint action in the areas of “future energy, climate change and advanced technologies” and efforts to strengthen regional security and stability, the official said. official WAM news agency.

Paris has close economic and political ties with Abu Dhabi, and Macron has forged good relations with Sheikh Mohammed, who had already ruled the United Arab Emirates for years as de facto ruler. France has a permanent military base in the United Arab Emirates.

The two countries signed a series of major deals last year, including a $19 billion arms deal, during a visit by Macron to the Gulf state. French energy giants TotalEnergies and Engie have also won €1 billion contracts.

TotalEnergies chief executive Patrick Pouyanne said on Wednesday that France was discussing with Abu Dhabi the import of fuel and diesel for the upcoming winter season in response to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, which has impacted supply Russian energy in Europe.

(Reporting by Enas Alashray; editing by John Stonestreet and Richard Chang)

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