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Chirac to honour Mohammed bin Zayed

posted on 18/06/2002: 753 views

Paris - French President Jacques Chirac will confer a first class "Medal of Merit” upon Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan , Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, it was announced in Paris yesterday. "President Chirac has decided to bestow this higher French honour on Sheikh Mohammed in recognition of his role in enhancing bilateral cooperation between France and the UAE” said Lt. General Jean-Pierre Cliche, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the French Army. Sheikh Mohammed will receive the medal in a grand ceremony which will be held on Tuesday.

In a statement to the Emirates News Agency, WAM Cliche who held an extensive meeting with Sheikh Mohammed here today said they had exchanged views on a number of issues of mutual concern. "We discussed crucial issues of mutual concern, particularly the current military stand-off between Indian and Pakistan, which is of concern to us” he said. He added that cooperation between the two countries in various fields had been progressing smoothly, particularly in the military sphere.

This military cooperation was clearly evident during the Kosovo crisis, he noted. The meeting was attended by Brigadier Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ,Commander of Presidential Guards, Saif Sultan Mubarak Al Ariyani, UAE Ambassador to France, Francois Gouyette, French Ambassador to the UAE and a number of high-ranking officers in the UAE and French military. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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