Paris: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, met with French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and a group of French businessmen as part of his visit to Paris on Wednesday.

The meeting took place at Matignon Palace in attendance of Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The two parties discussed ways of bolstering distinguished ties of friendship and cooperation between the UAE and France across cultural, educational, economic, investment and political spheres. The two sides expressed their determination to further advance joint cooperation and work.

Shaikh Mohammad and Philippe took a stock of the latest regional and global developments and exchanged views on a wide range of issues of mutual concern regarding promotion of values, peace, tolerance, dialogue and coexistence among different peoples and enhancement of security and peace in the region and the world at large.

Shaikh Mohammed said the UAE was keen to solidify its existing partnership with France in various areas and harness the available opportunities to expand and diversify bilateral economic and developmental cooperation.

Shaikh Mohammad said the UAE was adopting an ambitious development vision based on innovation, qualitative education and advanced technologies so as to build a knowledge-driven society that could open up promising prospects for Emirati-French cooperation.

Shaikh Mohammad affirmed the UAE’s keenness on creating a favourable environment that encourages and attracts world high profile businessmen and investors to maintain its gravity as one of the world most important investment powerhouses and hubs in the region and the world.

In turn, the French prime minister lauded evolving UAE-France’s ties and the joint cultural projects which, he said, strengthen bilateral friendship and cooperation.

He said he was looking forward for more constructive, qualitative partnership with the UAE so as to realise the aspirations of the peoples of both countries.