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Mohammed bin Zayed gets French Order of Merit

posted on 19/06/2002: 779 views

Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, met in Paris yesterday at the Defence Ministry premises Michele Alliot-Marie, French Defence Minister. They discussed a number of issues during the meeting, which was held in the presence of Brigadier Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Commander of the Emiri Guards, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Information and Culture, Saif Sultan Al Aryani, UAE Ambassador to France, Francois Gouyette, the French Ambassador to the UAE and a number of senior officers from the two countries.

In statement to the Emirates News Agency (WAM) after the meeting, the French Defence Minister said the meeting was a good opportunity to further enhance the unique relations between France and the UAE. On cooperation between the two countries, the minister said that there is a very good cooperation between the two countries in a number of areas, including the area of training, adding that a number of groups are currently studying avenues of further cooperation and exchange of expertise between the two countries.

The minister who received Sheikh Mohammed on his arrival at the Defence Ministry exchanged greetings with the UAE senior officials before settling down for talks between the two sides. She decorated Sheikh Mohammed with the Order of Merit which, she said, French President Jacques Chirac ordered her to decorate her visitor with it in recognition of the strong ties and friendship between the UAE and France.

"President Chirac told me this morning the high respect he has for you and the strong friendship between France and your country," she told Sheikh Mohammed, who replied by saying "relations between France and the UAE is a very unique and will continue to be so in all areas, including the military field, which we are proud to be here today to solicit your support and to continue our march for continuous cooperation in this regard." (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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