These two definitely never leave each other. While Emmanuel Macron’s trip to Algeria is announced for the summer, it is with the Emirati President, Mohammed Ben Zayed Al Nahyane, known as “MBZ”, that the French President continues to cultivate good relations. After being the first leader of state western to have gone to Abu Dhabi for the funeral of Khalifa ben Zayed Al-Nahyan on May 15, the tenant of the Elysée receives this July 18 the new master of the Emirates.
If no press conference is scheduled, the discussions should focus on partnerships “in terms of security, defence, energies and technologies of the future” indicates the French presidency. The Parisian menu is loaded for the one who has officially become the Emirati president: welcomed by Bruno Le Maire, the Minister of the Economy, on July 17, he met in the morning the Minister for the Armed Forces Sébastien Lecornu, before a visit to the Invalides and a lunch with the French President.
Abdallah Bin Bayyah, a sheikh between Mauritania and the United Arab Emirates
It is also expected that MBZ will discuss with the President of the Senate Gérard Larcher, before a new appointment with Emmanuel Macron for a dinner at the Palace of Versailles. A hundred guests – members of government, former presidents, but also businessmen and celebrity personalities – will attend the event. The next day, MBZ is due to meet with Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna and Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne. Several agreements should be announced via a joint press release.