Mohamed bin Zayed receives French, Italian defence ministers

ABU DHABI, 22nd February, 2015 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received separately today the French Defence Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, and the Italian Defence Minister, Roberta Pinotti, on the sidelines of the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX 2015), which opened today at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Sheikh Mohamed welcomed the two ministers and their countries’ participation at IDEX and reviewed with them the distinguished relations binding the UAE with their respective countries and ways to bolster defence and military cooperation in the best interest of the countries.

They also exchanged views on avenues of joint cooperation and coordination regarding regional security and exchange of expertise in defence industries. A variety of issues of mutual interest was also tackled.

During the meetings, Sheikh Mohamed engaged in talks with the ministers about IDEX’s significance to countries and defence companies in areas of research and development on military sciences and industries through sharing of information and expertise on sophisticated defence technologies.

Latest developments, challenges and risks the region is facing also figured high at the meeting where Sheikh Mohammed and the French and Italian defence ministers recognised the need for concerted and integrated efforts to maintain security and stability in the region.