The French Minister of European Affairs and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, headed the official delegation of his country to celebrate its National Day, to be the first country to celebrate its National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai.
In a press conference held at the leadership pavilion at Expo 2020, Jean-Yves Le Drian said that he was “really impressed” by his first visit to Expo 2020 Dubai, and that it was “a nice surprise to see the UAE pavilion, the pavilion that showcases 50 years of history.”
French politician Jean-Yves Le Drian has been Minister of European and Foreign Affairs since 2017. He was appointed Minister of Defense from 2012 to 2017 under President François Hollande.
- Are you happy with the huge presence of France at Expo 2020 Dubai?
“All of us – every country – have done the right thing by participating in this event that enhances international cooperation. Expo 2020 carries a message of hope at the time of the Covid epidemic. I believe that the France Pavilion will remain as active during the next six months as it was today, and if we can help in Maintaining the confidence of the world through the Expo platform, that in itself is a good thing.”
- How important is it that France was the first country to celebrate its National Day at Expo 2020?
“This day demonstrated the strong connection between France and the United Arab Emirates. Choosing France to be the first country to celebrate its National Day shows how strong our bilateral relations are. It is a relationship based on trust, competence and diversity in all areas: culture, economy and education. I believe that this partnership has been strengthened during the two days the last two.”
- What message does France want to convey at the Expo?
“I am now truly convinced that our message – the message that France is transmitting to all parts of the world – is the right one. It is a message of technology, a message of light and enlightenment, and a message of science for development worldwide.
France organized its pavilion around three main themes: light and lights; mobility; knowledge and skill. These three elements are linked together and are essential pillars for building a world based on solidarity. The idea of progress was at the heart of its creation – just as it was in our participation in previous Expos. We have to keep that spirit alive, I have noticed that this is the spirit shared by the organizers, the leaders of the country and all the people I met here today.”
- How will this event enhance your relationship with the Arab world?
“Our relationship with the UAE is one based on trust, and we have many diverse economic activities in different emirates. Our relationship with the UAE has been upgraded to being a strategic partnership, which is very important because it shows that it is a relationship based on trust.
“I look forward to returning to the United Arab Emirates on 2 December to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of this country, along with ministers, CEOs, experts, scholars, artists and personalities from around the world.”
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