The President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, will fly to France on July 18 for his first official visit outside the region since taking office in May, the state news agency reported on Thursday.
Sheikh Mohammed “is looking forward” to meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace on Monday, it said.
“The visit is an opportunity to reinforce and expand the longstanding strategic partnership between the UAE and France,” said the news agency.
Sheikh Mohamed and Macron “will aim to bolster joint action that supports a collective responsibility to addressing several of the greatest challenges facing the world today, including future energy, climate change, and technology. In addition, the two nations will continue to strengthen ties across culture, education and space.”
They will also discuss joint efforts on regional stability and security, WAM said.
Sheikh Mohamed will also meet with a number of French officials during the visit, it added.