(Reuters) – United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan will fly to France on July 18 for his first official visit outdoors the area since taking workplace in May.
Sheikh Mohammed will meet French President Emmanuel Macron and talk about joint motion within the fields of “future power, local weather change and superior know-how” and efforts to bolster regional safety and stability, the state news agency WAM stated.
Paris has shut financial and political ties with Abu Dhabi and Macron has cast a very good relationship with Sheikh Mohammed, who had already been main the UAE for years as de facto ruler. France has a everlasting navy base within the UAE.
The two international locations signed a sequence of main offers final yr, together with an arms contract value $19 billion, throughout a visit by Macron to the Gulf state. French power giants TotalEnergies and Engie additionally gained billion-euro offers.
TotalEnergies Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanne stated on Wednesday that France is speaking to Abu Dhabi about importing gasoline and diesel for the approaching winter season in response to the Russia/Ukraine battle, which has impacted Russian power provides to Europe.
(Reporting by Enas Alashray; enhancing by John Stonestreet and Richard Chang)