PARIS, 20th May, 2016 (WAM)–H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation met today with Jack Lang, President of the Arab World Institute in France, on the sidelines of his visit to France.

During the meeting, they discussed prospects of cultural cooperation between the two countries and ways of developing them.

Sheikh Abdullah praised the role of the institute in the world in terms of exclusivity in the dissemination of Arab culture in all its colours and introducing it in France in particular and Europe in general. He also hailed the efforts of the institute in promoting understanding and cooperation between France and the Arab world.

Sheikh Abdullah toured the Gardens of the East Exhibition, organised by the Arab World Institute, and runs until September. It features painted, collection of photos, videos and documents that relate the history of Eastern gardens over the centuries. The event also showcases about 300 pieces of statues, sculptures, carpets and miniature models lent to the institute by world’s largest museums.

He was briefed on the exhibits that tell the stories about the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Al-Azhar Modern Park in Cairo, the Hambra gardens in Granada (alhambradegranada) and experimental garden in Algeria, Royal private garden and public parks in big cities, Eastern garden and Western garden inspired by the Eastern garden.

The Arab World Institute, which was founded in 1980, is located on the bank of the Seine River in Central Paris. It is an independent Arab-French cultural centre in which all the Arab countries through their embassies in Paris contribute. The Arab League also collaborates with it and offers many cultural activities.

The meeting was attended by Maadhad Hareb Mughair Al Khaili, UAE Ambassador to the French Republic and Dr. Zaki Nusseibeh, Cultural Counselor at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs.