Saturday, December 3, 2016

Far From The Tumult, Holland Speaks Defense Culture And The Emirates

Louvre Abu Dhabi, the international conference on endangered heritage, visit a military base: Francois Hollande Saturday ends a movement in the United Arab Emirates, far from the political uproar caused by his renunciation of a second term.

Just he will have in the program led to no race of a narrow window to discuss the issues of domestic policy when it will address the French community.

For the rest, the cultural dimension of this movement will win when he visits in the early morning the building being completed for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, "first universal museum in the Arab world"

Signed by French architect Jean Nouvel, this "museum city" built on the sea and inspired by the Arab medinas to be inaugurated in 2017. It is topped by a spectacular perforated dome 180 meters in diameter.

After a brief press statement, Francois Hollande will go to meet the French community, the second number in the Arab world after that of Lebanon, with its 25,000 members.

"Particularly young and dynamic, it is the image of the dynamism of the bilateral relationship, both economically and that of defense," says one at the Elysee.

Then, the French president will participate in the closing of an International Conference on the Protection of Cultural Heritage in Danger. This joint initiative of France and the UAE was taken after the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan, the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria or mausoleums of Timbuktu in Mali.


Forty States were invited to attend this conference. It must decide to create a special fund for the protection of heritage in conflict areas, with at least $100 million of which 30 made by France, as well as a network of "shelters" for these goods cultural.

Before returning to Paris, Francois Hollande will visit an air base where planes take off regularly French Rafale engaged in the sky of Syria and Iraq within the international coalition formed to fight the Islamic State group (EI) .

Friday, he attended his arrival in Abu Dhabi at a colorful ceremony celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Federation of UAE.

In Paris, his presence at the event and the focus on the protection of endangered heritage are a sign that the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the UAE strongman Mohamed bin Zayed, considers the relationship with France as a " pillar "of its policy.

The two leaders also shared a working dinner Friday to discuss regional crises, including the situation in Syria and Aleppo, as well as bilateral relations.

France is negotiating for years to sell its Rafale combat aircraft to the UAE, media suggesting a contract liable to 60 aircraft.

Francois Hollande is also accompanied in this movement of Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who will perform on this occasion its sixteenth visit to the UAE.

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