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UAE is France's major economic partner in ME: Blazy

posted on 10/03/2007: 661 views

Paris - French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy has described the UAE as France's most important economic partner in the Middle East. Speaking to WAM hours before leaving on an official visit to the UAE and Kuwait, Blazy said his country maintained excellent relations with both countries.

"There is continuous dialogue between our leaders who share common views on a number of regional issues, including Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and the Middle East peace process," he noted.

Blazy begins a visit tomorrow to Kuwait and is due to proceed late Saturday to Abu Dhabi where he will preside over his country's side in the 15th session of the UAE-French Joint Economic Commission France.

He said both the UAE and Kuwait were important economic partners of France, in terms of trade exchange and investments.

In the area of education and culture, Blazy said both the UAE and Kuwait were showing interest in fostering stronger ties with France. He cited the recent agreement for establishment of the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the creation of branches for French universities in the UAE capital.

On Iran's nuclear file, the French Minister said he would discuss with UAE officials the plans for issuing a new Security Council resolution based on article 41 of the UN Charter. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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