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Zayed holds talks with Chirac

posted on 14/11/2001: 688 views

H.H. President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, held today talks with French President Jacques Chirac on latest world developments including international efforts against terrorism, the revival of the Middle East peace process and cooperation between the two countries. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said the two leaders exchanged views about regional and international issues, global efforts to fight terrorism, the current situation in Afghanistan and ongoing efforts to find a political solution to the Afghan internal problem. The Zayed-Chirac talks also discussed the situation in the Palestinian territories amid Israel's escalation against the Palestinian people and ways of reviving the Middle East peace process. Sheikh Hamdan said the talks had also touched the latest developments in Afghanistan and humanitarian efforts to alleviate suffering of the Afghan people in light of a French proposal to convene an international emergency conference to help Afghan people. Sheikh Zayed, he said, urged the international community to engage into a serious action to strike an international balance in the fight against terrorism everywhere and not to turn a blind eye on Israel's terrorism against the Palestinian people. ' Terrorism and violence will not stop in the Middle East region if the Palestinian cause is not settled and a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in line with international legitimacy resolutions is not reached,' Sheikh Zayed said. Sheikh Zayed also reiterated UAE's support for the global cooperation to fight terrorism so as to save the mankind and human civilisation from the plight. The two leaders stressed the need for a political settlement for the pro-Taleban era and hoped the war would not go beyond Afghanistan. Present at the meeting were Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Sheikh Saif bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Seaports Department, Brigadier Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Commander of Emiri Guards, Sheikh Nasser bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Under Secretary at Finance and Industry Ministry, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Information and Culture and head of honorary mission accompanying Chirac, Sheikh Mohammed bin Butti Al Hamed, the Ruler's Representative in the Western region of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department, Ali Salim Al Ka'abi, Director of the President's Office, Advisor Ahmed Al Obidli, Saif Sultan Mubarak Al Aryan, UAE ambassador to France and Francois Gouyette, French ambassador. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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