x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

UAE can 'share' French embassies

A new agreement allows Emirati diplomats to be stationed in French embassies in countries without UAE diplomatic missions.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the foreign minister, talks to the French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner in Abu Dhabi, Monday, May 25 2009.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the foreign minister, talks to the French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner in Abu Dhabi, Monday, May 25 2009.

ABU DHABI // France and the UAE will sign an agreement under which Emirati diplomats can be stationed in French embassies in countries where the UAE does not have diplomatic missions, the foreign minister announced today. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed described France as "a major pillar" of the UAE's foreign policy, as leaders from the two nations prepared to open the first French military base in the Gulf tomorrow. "We view this co-operation as a major pillar of our foreign policy and is at the top of this policy because it helps in the stability and development of the Gulf region," said Sheikh Abdullah in his opening remarks at the Maritime Security Co-operation Conference. "We will sign a memorandum of understanding under which Emirati diplomats will be appointed in French diplomatic missions in countries we don't have diplomatic representation." President Sarkozy is due tomorrow to open the "Peace Camp" permanent French military base with facilities at Mina Zayed port and Al Dhafra Air Base. Sheikh Abdullah said that Mr Sarkozy's visit "will have the deepest effect on strengthening relations at all levels." A number of agreements are expected to be announced tomorrow, including a possible upgrade of the 1995 military co-operation agreement.
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