French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes UAE President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as he arrives for a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France on July 18, 2022. Image Credit: Reuters

Paris: President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Monday arrived at the courtyard of the French National Army Museum in Les Invalides Palace in Paris, starting a two-day state visit to France.

Upon his arrival, Sheikh Mohamed was accorded an official reception ceremony, where he was received by Sébastien Lecornu, Minister of Defence in France.

The UAE President was accompanied by a group of French Republican Guard cavalry and motorbikes to welcome his visit.

Lecornu, accompanied by members of the French Republican Guard.

The national anthems of France and the UAE were performed by a military band, and His Highness and Minister Lecornu inspected the Guard of Honour. Sheikh Mohamed then paid a visit to the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte situated within the Dôme des Invalides.

Following the reception, Sheikh Mohamed will travel to the Elysée Palace, the official residence of the President of the French Republic, to meet President Emmanuel Macron for a private lunch. During this meeting, the two leaders will explore opportunities for bilateral collaboration to address substantial challenges facing our world today, including those in the areas of climate change, energy, and economic sustainability.

In the evening, President Macron will receive Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed for a state dinner at the Grand Trianon, situated within the grounds of the Palace of Versailles.

His Highness will meet several French officials during his two-day visit, including Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne; President of the Senate Gérard Larcher; and President of the National Assembly Yaël Braun-Pivet.

The UAE has maintained and strengthened its relationship with France through decades of action-driven, bilateral partnerships across climate change, sustainable technology, space exploration, cultural exchange, traditional energy, and regional security.

During the visit, His Highness will be accompanied by a delegation comprising Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council; Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court; Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of Abu Dhabi Executive Council;  Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Advisor for Special Affairs at the Ministry of Presidential Court; Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoon bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Executive Director of Martyrs' Families' Affairs Office at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court; Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology; Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth; Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and the Environment; Shamma bint Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of State for Youth Affairs; Dr. Anwar Gargash, Diplomatic Adviser to the UAE President; Mohammed Habroush Al Suwaidi, Special Adviser to UAE President; Zaki Nusseibeh, Cultural Adviser to the UAE President; Ali bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council; Khaldoun Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority, Member of the Executive Council; Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Adviser at the Presidential Court; and Hend Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to France.