His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, attended the National Defense College graduation ceremony on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.
His Highness was accompanied by H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Emirates News Agency WAM reported.
The sixth graduation ceremony, held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, also saw the attendance of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance; Ahmed Juma Al Zaabi, Minister of the Federal Supreme Council at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs; Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defense Affairs, and Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief-of-Staff of the Armed Forces.
Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development; Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment; Dr. Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills, and Lt. General Saif Abdullah Al Shafar, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, along with senior officers of the Armed Forces, police, officials and parents of the 49 graduates, were also present during the ceremony.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid handed the graduates their certificates following a speech by the College Dean.
In another development, Zaki Nusseibeh, UAE Minister of State, received a French Navy delegation led by Admiral Christophe Prazuck, Chief-of-Staff of the French Navy.
The meeting held on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, was attended by Ludovic Pouille, Ambassador of France to the UAE; Sabine Sciortino, Counsellor to the Ambassador for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs; and Professor Jean Chambaz, President of Sorbonne University Paris.
Both parties discussed strengthening the naval partnership between the UAE and France, as well as launching joint strategic maritime operations. Nusseibeh also highlighted the strategic relations between the UAE and France, which have become a model to follow.
Admiral Prazuck stated that bilateral cooperation connects France to the Gulf region, while announcing the launch of the “Advanced Strategy Session,” organized by Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi.
While speaking with Ambassador Pouille, Nusseibeh expressed his happiness at the anticipated visit of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, to Paris, to inaugurate the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Theatre in the Palace of Fontainebleau. The theatre is a symbol of the cooperation between the two countries in preserving their cultural heritage, he added.