Why Emmanuel Macron’s trip to the United Arab Emirates proves a very close relationship between Paris and the oil monarchy

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Emmanuel Macron travels to Abu Dhabi this Sunday to pay tribute to President Burj Khalifa of the United Arab Emirates, who died on Friday at the age of 73. A visit that talks a lot about the special connection between Paris and the oil monarchy.

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The visit urges Jean Castex to cancel himself in the Vatican, the two CEOs cannot be outside France at the same time. On Sunday, Emmanuel Macron visits Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, to pay tribute to the country’s president, Burj Khalifa, who died on Friday at the age of 73.

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The president’s visit may seem more formal than anything else, but nevertheless proves a very close relationship between Paris and the oil monarchy, especially since Emmanuel Macron came to power in France. ..

As soon as the death of Sheikh Khalifa was announced on Friday, France said,A leader respected by everyone“,salute”A deep attachment to the stability and peace of the region and the world. “Efforts to provide a lasting response to global challenges are ongoing,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement, “praising its role in the strategic partnership between France and Emirati.” Stated.“.”Sheikh Khalifa was an avid architect who strengthened Franco Emirati’s strategic partnership. France welcomes his continued commitment to building a relationship of trust and cooperation that connects France and the United Arab Emirates.“, Quai d’Orsay was added.

Strategic and industrial ally

For the President of France, France’s strategic ally in the Persian Gulf is no longer Saudi Arabia, as in the case of Francois Hollande’s five-year term, but the United Arab Emirates.With the President of France Mohammad Bin ZayedAs the new president of the country elected on Saturday and the successor to his half-brother, Khalifa Ben Zayed al-Nahyan, who died the day before, there is a great deal of convergence of interests.

The two heads of state are, for example, fierce opponents of political Islam. The new president’s nickname, “MBZ,” is also trying to build a reputation for tolerance and openness. In 2017, the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi announced that it would be renamed the Mariamuum Issa Mosque (Mary, Mother of Jesus).orderStrengthen human ties between believers of different religions“. Cooperation between the two countries is strong, especially in the cultural field, such as the creation of Louvre Abu Dhabi.

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At the strategic level, Emmanuel Macron and Mohammed Ben Zayed have the same concerns about Iran and its nuclear program. Above all
The relationship between the two countries is based on a close military industry alliance.

Since 2008, Paris has a naval air force base in Abu Dhabi. Used by the Air Force for operations in Levanto, especially during airlifts set up to evacuate foreigners and Afghans from Kabul after the Taliban came to power last August. In addition to the Leclerc tank in Dubai last December, a contract was signed between the two countries to deliver 80 Rafale fighters for a record high of € 16 billion.

Source: Francetvinfo

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