Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, will go to France on July 18 for his first official visit outside the region since assuming office in May.
According to the state news agency WAM, Sheikh Mohammed will meet French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss coordinated action in the domains of “future energy, climate change, and sophisticated technologies,” as well as efforts to strengthen regional security and stability.
Paris has extensive commercial and political links with Abu Dhabi, and Macron has built an excellent rapport with Sheikh Mohammed, who has been de facto ruler of the UAE for years. France maintains a persistent military presence in the UAE.
During Macron’s visit to the Gulf state last year, the two countries negotiated a number of big agreements, including a $19 billion arms pact. TotalEnergies and Engie, two French energy conglomerates, also won multibillion-euro deals.
TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouyanne stated on Wednesday that France is in discussions with Abu Dhabi about importing fuel and diesel for the upcoming winter season in reaction to the Russia/Ukraine war, which has disrupted Russian energy supply to Europe.