Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, UAE Minister of State for Defense Affairs, received General Francois Lecointre, Chief of the Defense Staff of the French Army, who is currently visiting the country.
During the meeting, Al Bowardi and Lecointre explored ways of boosting relations between the UAE and France, especially in the military and defense fields.
They also exchanged views on a number of issues of common concern, according to Emirates News Agency WAM.
The two sides also re-affirmed the strong relations between the two countries and their keenness to strengthen cooperation.
The meeting was attended by Matar Salem Al Dhaheri, Under-Secretary of Ministry of Defense; Ludovic Pouille, French Ambassador to the UAE; as well as senior officials and the delegation accompanying the guest.
General Francois Lecointre also visited Wahat Al Karama in Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Executive Director of the Martyrs’ Families’ Affairs Office, at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, welcomed General Lecointre, who was accorded a Guard of Honor.
The French military chief laid a wreath at Martyrs’ Monument, made up of 31 panels leaning on one another in a symbol of solidarity between the UAE’s leadership, people and soldiers.
He then went on a tour and listened to a detailed explanation by Sheikh Khalifa about the monument, which embody the bravery and heroism of UAE heroes, as well as the nation’s noble values.
General Lecointre in the visitor’s log expressed his utmost respect and appreciation for the country’s martyrs.